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Ntoroko District Leaders Ask Gov't to Construct Refugee Reception Centre

Williams Kasoro, the LCV Chairperson notes that the lack of a reception centre is exerting a lot of pressure on the meagre resources the hosting community has.
15 Oct 2021 14:46
Ntoroko district sign post in Kibuku town council

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Ntoroko District authorities have asked the government to establish a reception centre for refugees flocking in from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.

In September, more than 700 refugees, crossed from DRC into Uganda following clashes between the Lendu and Hema. The refugees are camped at Kabimbiri Primary School playground.

The authorities argue that due to the lack of a reception centre, the refugees freely mix with members of the community which could lead to the spread of covid-19.

The only settlement camp is 50 Kilometres away in Bubukwanga in Bundibugyo District.

Williams Kasoro, the LCV Chairperson says that during September alone, a total of 762 asylum seekers crossed to Uganda and are being hosted at Kabimbiri Primary School.

He notes that the lack of a reception centre is exerting a lot of pressure on the meagre resources the hosting community has.

According to Kasoro, the refugees that entered the country last month were not vaccinated or tested for covid-19 which could pose a risk to communities.

"The recognized reception point is in Bundibugyo district, many refugees are using the porous borders and taking advantage of Lake Albert into Ntoroko district”, Kasoro said.

Kasoro is worried that if a reception centre is not put in place soon, the health systems will be disrupted.

//Cue in: since this month alone in October...

Cue out: …there desperate they come with nothing”//

Mesearch Kawamara the Ntoroko Resident District Commissioner says that Congolese refugees who regularly cross into Uganda could pose a security threat in the district.  He says that if there was a reception centre, the refugees could have been screened before being taken to the camps.

According to Kawamara, in the past, more than 20,000 Congolese asylum seekers were screened as they entered Uganda but of those only 300 were able to be traced and relocated by the Office of the Prime Minister.

//Cue in: “the reason to worry these…

Cue out:…buses which are relocating these people”//

Esther Anyakun the State Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees says that a mini refugee reception centre will be constructed in the district.

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