Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has transferred 1,000 Congolese
refugees from the Nyakabande transit site in Kisoro district to Nakivale
refugees camp in Isingiro.
fled Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Rutshuru territory last month after
heavy fighting between the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels and Armed Forces of
the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) soldiers.
Asiimwe, the Acting Commissioner for Refugees in the Office of the Prime
Minister says that on Thursday 1,000 refugees out of 16,475 refugees have been
transferred to Nakivale refugee camp. Asiimwe explains that due to a high
number of refugees, they have opted to transfer them to Nakivale due to limited
space at Nyakabande.
Asiimwe, Nkakabande transit centre has a capacity to host 20,000 refugees.
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Niwamanya, Uganda Red Cross Society team leader at Nyakabande refugee transit
centre says that transferring the refugees to Nakivale camp is welcome because
the influx at Nyakabande had caused a water crisis putting the lives of the
refugees at risk.
Semajeri, a resident of Mukingo, and Rikie Mutumbo, a resident of Kinyamahura
in Rutshuru territory all refugees who have been living at Nyakabande transit
centre say that they have no problem being transferred to Nakivale refugees
camp because they are tired of staying spending the nights in the cold.
They say that they rather remain in Uganda where there is an assurance of
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the fate of M23 rebels is likely to be among topical discussions during the
East African Community Mini-Summit on Thursday in Nairobi Kenya, according to
Tina Salama, Deputy Spokesperson for the President of DRC Felix
The summit will be attended by Presidents from countries under the East African