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Humanitarian Agencies Struggle to Maintain Hygiene at Nyakabande Refugees Transit Center

According to Kitentera, they spend about Shillings 40 million monthly to empty the toilets. She says that the situation is worsened due to the lack of cesspool emptier in the entire Kisoro district, which forces them to hire one from Kabale, about 73kilometers away.
Situation behind some of the toilets at Nyakabande transit centre

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Humanitarian agencies are struggling to maintain hygiene at Nyakabande refugees transit centre in Kisoro district due to the huge number of Congolese refugees. 

The transit center is home to 17,717 Congolese refugees at the Nyakabande transit center who fled heavy fighting between M23 rebels and Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) on March 28 in Rutshuru territory, North Kivu province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC.  

More than 3000 refugees have been transferred to Nakivale refugee camp in Isingiro district from Nyakabande. However, the Humanitarian agencies say that they are facing hurdles to maintain hygiene at Nyakabande refugees transit center due to limited sanitary facilities.   

The agencies are currently forced to empty the only two toilets at the center twice per week, which costs them huge sums of money. Our reporter visited the toilets at the transit centre and found some of the stances closed after being filled up.

Jackeline Kitentera, the Emergency Coordinator of Care and Assistance for Forced Immigrants at Nyakabande transit center says that they empty 460 cubic metres of faecal matter from the toilets on a monthly basis. 

According to Kitentera, they spend about Shillings 40 million monthly to empty the toilets. She says that the situation is worsened due to the lack of a cesspool emptier in the entire Kisoro district, which forces them to hire one from Kabale, about 73kilometers away.      

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Abel Bizimana, Kisoro District LC V Chairman, says that due to the high number of refugees, many of them have to use toilets in the neighbouring trading centre of Nyakabande.  

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Hajji Shefiques Ssekandi Ssengoba, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner,

says that they are aware of the problem. Ssekandi says that a similar problem is

in Bunagana town council where refugees left most of the toilets full. He says that efforts are being done by the government to avail more facilities.  

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