UGANDA / CONGOLESE REFUGEES

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In just a few weeks, over 22,000 Congolese refugees have landed on Ugandan shores to escape ethnic fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri province. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned that even more lives could be lost. UNHCR
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STORY: UGANDA / CONGOLESE REFUGEES
TRT: 02:49
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SWAHILI
DATELINE: 10 AND 11 FEBRUARY 2018, HOIMA DISTRICT, WESTERN UGANDA

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10 AND 11 FEBRUARY 2018, SEBAGORO, LAKE ALBERT, HOIMA DISTRICT, WESTERN UGANDA

1.Wide shot, refugees in fishing boat arriving at Sebagoro at the landing site in Sebagoro
2. Various shots, refugees disembarking from fishing boats at the landing site in Sebagoro
3.Various shots, Anita Mave, Congolese refugee, walking in Sebagoro, the landing site at Lake Albert
4. Med shot, refugee mother holding her baby as she disembarks from a fishing boat at the landing site in Sebagoro
5. SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Anita Mave, Congolese Refugee:
"Some died of hunger. Some drowned in the lake. There's no one to help you, there's nothing to eat. We are surviving in the bush like animals."
6.Wide shot, refugees assembled at Sebagoro, the landing site at Lake Albert
7. Med shot, refugee children at Sebagoro, the landing site at Lake Albert
8. Med shot, refugee woman and child at Sebagoro, the landing site at Lake Albert

10 AND 11 FEBRUARY 2018, KYANGAWALI RECEPTION SITE, HOIMA DISTRICT, WESTERN UGANDA

9. Med shot, refugee man inside a hanger at Kyangawali reception site

10 AND 11 FEBRUARY 2018, SEBAGORO, LAKE ALBERT, HOIMA DISTRICT WESTERN UGANDA

10. Various shots, refugees in fishing boat arriving at the landing site in Sebagoro
11. SOUDNBITE (Swahili) Jack Bandinga, Congolese refugee:
"We've seen the bodies of our brothers lying on the ground. People who were cut up with machetes. People are really suffering back there. There are so many people hiding in the bush. They can't escape because they don't have enough money to cross over."
12. Various shots, Jack Bandinga and his son tying a mattress they carried with them from DRC with a string on the shores of Lake Albert in Sebagoro, the landing site

10 AND 11 FEBRUARY 2018, KYANGAWALI RECEPTION SITE, HOIMA DISTRICT, WESTERN UGANDA

13. Various shots, refugees receiving food in Kyangawali reception site

10 AND 11 FEBRUARY 2018, SEBAGORO, LAKE ALBERT, HOIMA DISTRICT, WESTERN UGANDA

14. Various shots, UNHCR registration officer putting bracelets on refugees at Sebagoro, the landing site at Lake Albert

10 AND 11 FEBRUARY 2018, KYANGAWALI RECEPTION SITE, HOIMA DISTRICT, WESTERN UGANDA

15. Wide shot, a crowd of newly arrived refugees at the reception center
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Harper, UNHCR Program Support & Management Director:
"The situation is quite dire. There's a lack of water, a lack of food, a lack of medical equipment, a lack of shelter. We need to increase the numbers of the people who are undertaking the registration. The situation is obviously very challenging. We don't know when this is going to stop."
17. Various shots, newly arrived refugees at the reception site
18. Various shots, refugee girl being registered by Ugandan authorities

10 AND 11 FEBRUARY 2018, SEBAGORO, LAKE ALBERT, HOIMA DISTRICT, WESTERN UGANDA

19. Wide shot, refugees disembarking from fishing boats at the landing site in Sebagoro
20. Wide shot, a crowd of newly arrived refugees at the at the landing site in Sebagoro

STORYLINE:

Refugees are risking their lives to escape ethnic fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri province. In just a few weeks, thousands of refugees have landed on Ugandan shores, some have drowned attempting the perilous journey across Lake Albert.

Anita Mave, barely escaped with her life but she is haunted by what she witnessed

SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Anita Mave, Congolese Refugee:
"Some died of hunger. Some drowned in the lake. There's no one to help you, there's nothing to eat. We are surviving in the bush like animals."

Refugees are reporting widespread violence including murder, abduction and rape. Some say entire villages were burned to the ground and no-one knows how many are still in hiding on the other side of the lake, waiting for their turns to cross.

SOUDNBITE (Swahili) Jack Bandinga, Congolese refugee:
"We've seen the bodies of our brothers lying on the ground. People who were cut up with machetes. People are really suffering back there. There are so many people hiding in the bush. They can't escape because they don't have enough money to cross over."

UNHCR is working with Ugandan authorities to provide life-saving assistance and help facilitate the registration of the newly displaced.

But the needs are great.

SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Harper, UNHCR Program Support & Management Director:
"The situation is quite dire. There's a lack of water, a lack of food, a lack of medical equipment, a lack of shelter. We need to increase the numbers of the people who are undertaking the registration. The situation is obviously very challenging. We don't know when this is going to stop."

UNHCR is on high alert on both sides of the border and calls for urgent action to help those in need.

According to UNHCR, increased fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has created a wave of displacement across Lake Albert into Uganda. Last week, over 22,000 Congolese crossed Lake Albert to Uganda, bringing the total number of DRC arrivals in the country to about 34,000 since the beginning of the year. The refugees either use small canoes or overcrowded and rickety fishing boats, often carrying more than 250 people and taking up to ten hours to cross.
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