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Bidibidi Camp: Refugees Riot Over Food, Destroy vehicles :: Uganda Radionetwork

Bidibidi Camp: Refugees Riot Over Food, Destroy vehicles

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Some of the UNHCR vehicles destroyed by the refugees at Bidibidi posted on social media

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Security personnel comprising of UPDF and Police have deployed heavily in Bidibidi refugee camp in Yumbe district following riots by refugee over limited food distribution points.

The climax of the riots which lasted for two hours on Sunday, came as a result of a longtime problem of walking long distances to pick food by the refugees as a result of recent merger of the food distribution points by the World Food Programme WFP).

The LC 5 chairman Yumbe district Taban Yasin who rushed to the camp together with security personnel confirmed the two hours' battle with the refugees, before the situation was calmed,

Taban explained in a phone interview with URN that ten vehicles of UNHCR and OPM were destroyed by the angry refugees and some office furniture destroyed and papers littered on compound before the security personnel swung into action to calm the situation.  

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Meanwhile in a text message, the Refuge Desk officer Solomon Osakan said they were locked up in a crisis security meeting over the riots at Bidibidi after repeated calls to him

went unanswered.

However, Josephine Angucia, the police spokesperson for West Nile further confirmed the incident but noted that she needed further information on the incident since the DPC Yumbe could not be reached on phone.   //Cue in: It's true the refugees rioted …. Cue out: other camps they also attacked…//

This is the sixth time refugees have rioted over food this year and according to information from the security personnel, complaints of food has been the major challenge.

According to officials from Yumbe district local government the food agencies have been tasked to reverse the merger of food distribution points and ensure timely giving of food to the refugees.

Further information indicates that the minister of state for disaster preparedness and refugees Musa Ecweru has directed that the situation be immediately contained and more security be deployed at the base camp.