Thousands of Congolese flee into Uganda

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Displaced people on the move with belongings in N. Kivu province, DRC

Close to 15,000 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo have fled into southwest Uganda, as fighting continues between Congolese government forces and rebel groups, according the the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency says over 7,000 of those displaced, many of whom come from villages in North Kivu, are camping in the town of  Bunagana.

At least 9,000 displaced people have also crossed the border into Rwanda.

Andrej Mahecic from UNHCR says efforts were being made to transport the displaced persons to safer areas away from the volatile borders.

“On Monday morning, we moved about 1,471 people by convoy and we plan more convoys on Thursday and Sunday,  each taking 1,000-1,500 people. The recent fighting has also caused displacement inside North Kivu province, with at least 12,000 people registered as internally displaced persons in Jomba and Bwesa in Rutshuru territory. Since April 27, when the current wave of clashes between Congolese armed forces and supporters of the former rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda broke out, tens of thousands of people have been displaced within North Kivu or to Uganda and Rwanda. UNHCR fears that further mass displacement is possible unless the rival sides are able to agree on peace.”   Duration: 42"

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