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Congolese Refugees Stuck in Nakapiripirit District :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Congolese Refugees Stuck in Nakapiripirit District

The three families comprising three mothers and twelve children who are between the age 6 months and 16 years old have been living in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp in Kikuube district before reallocating to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya in search for better services.
Congolese Refugees sheltered in Nakapiripirit Central Police Station asthey wait to be transported back to Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp in Kikuube district

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Fifteen Congolese asylum seekers are stuck in Nakapiripirit district after they were repatriated from Kenya. 

The three families comprising three women and twelve children who are between 6 months and 16 years old have been living in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp in Kikuube district before reallocating to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya in search of better services.

Marinaguha Nyirahabimana, a mother of five children said that they fled the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC in 2012 following the insurgency and settled in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp in Kikuube district.

Nyirahabimana noted that they stayed in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp for eleven years before one of their friends tricked them that services were better in the camps in Kenya.

Nyirahabimana said that they were reallocated to Kakuma Camp in April 2023, but the Kenyan authorities denied them cards for receiving relief.

She added they could not bear the situation forcing them to board a Kenyan truck that was transporting scrap metals to Kampala but unfortunately, security personnel intercepted them at the checkpoint in Nakapiripirit district.

Nyirahabimana appealed to the government to transport them back to Kyangwali refugee camp.

//Cue in: ‘’turikuwako cambi ya… Cue out: “…taka turudiye Kyangwali.//

Elizabeth Franha, another asylum seeker noted that they were deceived by friends that the government in Kenya was building for the refugees permanent houses for settlement.

Franha said that there were no health facilities in the settlement camp and they were fed on boiled sorghum where people are given to share one cup.

Franha observed that she had never experienced such hardships in Uganda and she wants to be taken back to Kyangwali camp where they lived before.

//Cue in: ‘’mimi sina bwana…

Cue out: “…kuni saidiya ploti’’.//

John Bosco Lowalem, the Nakapiripirit District Probation Officer said that the group first settled in one of the households in the town before they were led to his office.

Lowalem said that they are waiting for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Officials to respond to the plight of the group. 

He added that the group is currently taking shelter at Nakapiripirit central police station until they are transported back to Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp.

//Cue in : ‘’ they boarded the…

Cue out: “…to come and pick them’’.//

In June 2023, the Kenyan authorities handed over a group of 300 Congolese asylum seekers to Ugandan authorities for management. The group had fled from Uganda to Kenya due to a reduction in food ration by the World Food Program-WFP hoping that they would get a higher ration in Kenya.