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Uganda Prepares For Burundi Refugees :: Uganda Radionetwork

Uganda Prepares For Burundi Refugees

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David Kazungu, the Commissioner for Refugees at the Office of the Prime Minister says Uganda expects about 100,000 Burundian refugees.
Musa Ecweru and James Duddridge

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Uganda expects at least 100,000 refugees to cross over from Burundi following civil unrest.

The Commissioner for Refugees at the Office of the Prime Minister, David Kazungu, says this is on top of 26,000 refugees currently being hosted in different refugee camps in Uganda.

Kazungu says there is a plan to manage the refugees when they come in.


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Kazungu says Uganda, which plays host to at least 500,000 refugees from South Sudan, DR Congo and Burundi will screen all refugees entering the country and later resettle them within Nakivasale and Kyaka camps.

He was speaking shortly after a roundtable meeting between the British Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, State Minister for Disaster and Refugees, Musa Ecweru and officials from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Duddridge warned that the situation in Burundi could become worse if not contained, urging the African Union to urgently deploy its standby force troops to mitigate a crisis.

He adds that in the event that the AU needs more support, the international community is ready to offer support like has been the case in Somalia and South Sudan.

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During Pope Francis\' visit to Uganda last month, he lauded Uganda for its support and reception towards refugees.

Duddridge is scheduled to visit Rwanda and Burundi in the next few days and meet the leaders there.

The protests in Burundi stemmed from President Pierre Nkurunziza\'s decision to seek for a third term in office.

Thousands of Burundians have fled the country following the protests. More than 80 people were reported killed after three military sites were attacked, in what human rights activists have warned could turn into a genocide.

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