UNHCR rushes aid to Uganda for Congolese refugees fleeing fresh attack

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Congolese refugees queuing for aid in Uganda earlier this year. [UNHCR Photo]

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has rushed emergency aid to western Uganda where nearly 70,000 Congolese refugees have found shelter from recent fighting in their country.

UNHCR says thousands of people have been streaming across the border since Thursday following an attack by a Ugandan Islamist rebel group on the town of Kamango in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Spokesperson Adrian Edwards says the people, who have been living in five primary schools, have been provided with tents, water, medical kits and other essential items.

"The next stage—and this is what we've been focusing on today— is to seek to move people out of these informal sites around primary schools into a transit centre about 20 km way, and we're waiting reports from our colleagues up on the border there to find out how this has been going."

UNHCR reports that even before this latest influx, western Uganda was already home to more than 210,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers, most of whom are from the DRC.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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