UGANDA / DRC DISPLACED

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Uganda has offered safe haven to thousands of people fleeing escalating violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They have been stranded in a remote, inaccessible area since late May, unable to cross due to a COVID-19 lockdown restricting movement in and out of the country. UNHCR

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STORY: UGANDA / DRC DISPLACED
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DATELINE: JUNE 30 AND JULY 1, 2, 2020, MAHAGI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / GULADGU BORDER POINT, ZOMBO DISTRICT UGANDA

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01 JULY 2020, MAHAGI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

1. Various shots, refugees waiting to cross border to Uganda
2. Various shots, refugees in the forest
3. Tracking shot, Emmanuelle walking and showing her makeshift shelter, where she slept for a month
4. SOUNDBITE (Alur) Emmanuelle, Congolese Refugee:
“I saw people running away and I heard the rebels have attacked the neighboring communities, I also decided to run away.”

01 JULY 2020, ZOMBO DISTRICT, UGANDA

5. Wide shot, Hilary Onek, Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees opening border/ applause
6. Various shots, refugee getting tested for COVID-19
7. Wide shot Congolese refugee Anurith with her two children walking
8. SOUNDBITE (Alur) Anurith, Congolese Refugee:
“I hope Uganda can help me with something, with clothes, food and medicine. The rebels are still attacking communities in Congo.”
9. Various shots, Anurith and her children being registered
10. Wide shot, refugees receiving water
11. Med shot, man handing out biscuit packs to children
12. Wide shot, refugee getting temperature taken
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Hilary Obaloker Onek Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees:
“We are not tired, we do not have much land, our country is small, but we still allow them, out of sympathy. I wish the international community also becomes sympathetic and helps these people.”

30 JUNE 2020, ZOMBO DISTRICT, UGANDA

14. Various shots, workers preparing quarantine facility for refugees

02 JULY 2020, ZOMBO DISTRICT, UGANDA

15. Pan left, refugees in screening area / man on megaphone

01 JULY 2020, MAHAGI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

16. Various shots, refugees waiting to cross

02 JULY 2020, ZOMBO DISTRICT, UGANDA

17. Close up, woman giving water to child

STORYLINE:

Uganda has offered safe haven to thousands of people fleeing escalating violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They have been stranded in a remote, inaccessible area since late May, unable to cross due to a COVID-19 lockdown restricting movement in and out of the country.

Following reports of thousands of people being stranded between the two countries, the Ugandan parliament agreed to temporarily open the two border crossing points in Zombo on humanitarian grounds so people could access life-saving assistance.

56-year-old Emmanuella was separated from her family in the violence

SOUNDBITE (Alur) Emmanuelle, Congolese Refugee:
“I saw people running away and I heard the rebels have attacked the neighboring communities, I also decided to run away.”

Uganda’s opening of its border amid the global COVID-19 pandemic is a symbol of solidarity and shows ways to manage border restrictions while maintaining open asylum spaces.

After initial screening, asylum seekers will be transported by UNHCR to an Institutional Quarantine Centre 13 kilometers from the border. Following the mandatory quarantine period of 14 days in line with health guidelines and protocols, they will be relocated to existing refugee settlements.

Anurith and her two children were among the first to reach Uganda

SOUNDBITE (Alur) Anurith, Congolese Refugee:
“I hope Uganda can help me with something, with clothes, food and medicine. The rebels are still attacking communities in Congo.”

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is working with the Government of Uganda and partners to make sure humanitarian assistance, including food and shelter will be available. The agency is also working with border security forces and the Ministry of Health to ensure screening, testing and response measures for COVID-19.

In Uganda, refugees and asylum seekers are included in the national surveillance, preparedness, and response plans and activities.

SOUNDBITE (English) Hilary Obaloker Onek Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees:
“We are not tired, we do not have much land, our country is small, but we still allow them, out of sympathy. I wish the international community also becomes sympathetic and helps these people.”

As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue, the needs of refugees and local communities that host them continue to grow and put increased pressure on already overstretched resources. The pandemic came at the same time as a 30 percent food ration-cut for refugees and severe gaps in education, child protection and mental health and psychosocial support due to existing funding shortfalls.
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