Richard Harerimana, a resident of Gatwe village, Bunagana ward, Bunagana town council says that he had spent six years hiring land in Mugongo, Rutshuru, and growing Irish potatoes. But when fighting escalated, he feared to go cross to harvest in this season.
Bunagana town council and Muramba sub-county in Kisoro District are struggling
to cross to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in Rutshuru to harvest their
due to fighting between the Congolese soldiers and March 23 Movement (M23)
between rebels and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC)
intensified in March in Bweza and Jomba groupmates. On June 12, rebels
captured Uganda- DRC border of Bunagana, which connects, the major towns of
Rutshuru and Goma.
led thousands of Congolese civilians to flee to Uganda and others to Ruthruru
town. Before fighting erupted, residents living in the border areas of
Bunagana town council and Muramba sub-county in Kisoro would frequently cross
to areas of Rutshuru like Tchanzu and Runyoni, hire land from Congolese, and
grow beans and Irish Potatoes on a large scale since the area is known for
having volcanic fertile soils.
Harerimana, a resident of Gatwe village, Bunagana ward, Bunagana town council
says that he had spent six years hiring land in Mugongo, Rutshuru, and growing
Irish potatoes. But when fighting escalated, he feared crossing to
harvest this season.
Harerimana, they fear crossing because they could be arrested by FARDC soldiers
deployed in the area. He says that their fear of not crossing back started
after some of the residents were arrested by FARDC soldiers and ordered to
cross back to Kisoro naked.
// Cue in:
“emere na sawa…
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Nyorabahindi and Sikora Nyirahabakwa, residents of Busanza village in Bunagana
ward, Bunagana town council say that in addition to growing crops, they also
cross to Rutshuru in Congo to fetch water. They say that due to ongoing
fighting, they are unable to cross.
Nyiraguhirwa, a resident of Gakoro village in Muramba sub-county says that they
cannot cross to harvest in fear that fighting could erupt when they are in
gardens. She also says that they always hear sounds of heavy guns in
areas where their gardens are located.
Nyirambabazi and Flanyira Habizana, all residents of Muramba sub-county say that
the situation has caused food scarcity in the area since even the available
food on the Ugandan side is feeding both local Ugandans and Congolese civilians
who are camping around not in Nyakabande refugees transit center.
//Cue in: “twahingaga mu Congo….
Kwitonda, Gatwe village LCI Vice Chairman in Bunagana town council says that
each resident in the area who has a garden in Congo has lost more than One
the Kisoro Deputy Resident District Commissioner says that they can’t guarantee
security for residents who are crossing into DRC.
however admits that there is a serious looming food shortage in Bunagana town
council and other sub-counties neighboring the border in the
district. He says that locals have tried their best to feed
refugees who are yet to go to the transit center, but due to the influx
resulting in unending fighting between M23 rebels and government troops, food
has reduced in the area.
“we are telling…
…. reducing tremendously.”//