Six Congolese refugees injured in fresh clashes

An injured Congolese refugee receives treatment at Kisoro Hospital. (Image: Courtesy)

The Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, Hajji Shafiq Ssekandi, says all the victims are residents of Ntanda village in Bweza, Rutshuru territory of North Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He warned the Congolese refugees against returning to their gardens across the border because heavy fighting between the M23 rebels and the Congolese government forces was still going on by Tuesday evening.

Fresh fighting between the M23 rebels and Congolese government forces started on Saturday last week forcing hundreds of Congolese nationals to cross into Kisoro district through Bunagana border post as asylum seekers.

Many of them are still camped at Bunagana border market area while others were transported to the Nyakabande refugee transit camp where they were to be screened before relocating them to the refugee transit camps in western Uganda.

The Associate Communications Officer of the United Nations High Commission (UNHCR) in Uganda, Mr Frank Walusimbi, on Wednesday said approximately 12,000 Congolese nationals have crossed into Kisoro district since Saturday last week of which 6,400 individuals have been received by the UNHCR officials at Nyakabande refugee transit centre in Kisoro district as preparations to be relocated to the settlement continue.


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