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More Congo Refugees Cross To Kisoro

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visit this site http://concernedafricascholars.org/wp-content/themes/twentytwelve/page-templates/front-page.php geneva; font-size: small;”>While Internal Affairs Ministry said Tuesday that refugees had started returning to DRC, http://cupidfemalecondoms.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/admin/admin.php the United Nations refugee agency said over thousands of refugees continue to enter Uganda through Kisoro.

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“With a deteriorating situation in Masisi – to the north-west of Goma – a steady stream of about 600 people a week has been crossing into Uganda’s Kisoro district,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday.

“More skirmishes are likely and we fear that they could trigger a bigger exodus.”

The United Nations refugee agency said the new emergency in the North Kivu area of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) renewed fighting has uprooted tens of thousands of people in recent days.

Fighting on Sunday broke out close to the provincial capital of Goma between Congolese Government forces (FARDC) and the armed group known as the M23 movement after a two-month lull.

This has led to displacement among the civilian population, including preventive displacement, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The agency said it had sent plastic sheeting for shelter construction, plates and cups, and temporary latrine kits as well as soap for the new arrivals, and provided fuel for transfers to the transit centre.

On Monday, UNHCR sent an additional emergency shipment of tents, plastic rolls, blankets, sleeping mats and fuel. Other items such as larger tents for office use as well as plastic tables and chairs are also being arranged. Partner UN agencies are also providing food and water.

Even before the arrival of the newest refugees, Uganda was already home to more than 210,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers, more than 60 per cent of whom came from the DRC.

Internal Affairs Minister, Hilary Onek said the refugee population would be moved to Kyangwali refugee settlement within three weeks if situation does not normalize.

He said government has established a transit centre at Bubukwanga Sub County and Uganda prisons farmland for temporary settlement.

Onek further noted that Uganda People’s Defence Forces has secured the border areas against any threats to the refugees and Uganda territory.

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