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Uganda-DRC Border Security Tightened

Uganda-DRC Border Security Tightened

Security at the Uganda DRC border districts of Bundibugyo and Ntoroko have been beefed up in recent developments. The reason for this is to hinder Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels from crossing into Uganda to cause unrest. This development comes after a Sunday night attack by suspected ADF rebels in Eastern DR Congo.

The incident happened in Kichanga, Watalinga County inside DR Congo, about 20 Km from the Ugandan border in Bundibugyo. When it happened, it pushed a group of Congolese refugees to find their way into Uganda. As a result, this caused the number of refugees in Uganda to significantly increase. However, as of midday yesterday, numbers had risen from 1,000 to 1,202 refugees.

The director of communication at the Uganda Red Cross, Ms Irene Nakasiita said the first 1000 arrived on Monday evening.

“Our volunteers are instructed to guide refugees to the designated transit centre, Bubukwanga Transit Camp in Bundibugyo District. Simultaneously, some refugees may still opt to use porous entry points. We have deployed our volunteers to various entry points to provide guidance and extend humanitarian assistance,” Ms Nakasita said.

Of the 1,202 refugees, 293 are adults above 18 with 128 males and 165 females. 293 of these are children aged 0-4 years old with 193 boys and 200 girls. 516 of that number are children aged 5-17 years with 275 of them being male and 241 of them being female.

Security personnel have since been deployed at all DRC border points, including porous borders on River Lamia.

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