L.Albert Boat Disaster: Congo Preps to Repatriate Citizens


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This was said Wednesday, March 26, by the Ambassador of the DRC to Uganda, Jean-Charles Okoto, five days after the sinking of a Ugandan boat on Lake Albert.

More than a hundred Congolese refugees were killed in the accident.

Ambassador DRC indicated that appropriate measures have been taken to avoid such tragedy in the future.

He also urged the Congolese refugees in Uganda to be patient and follow the “normal” return to their country process.

According to him, the return of refugees is a process that requires mutual agreement between all parties, UNHCR, Uganda and the DRC.

We have requested that the population can no longer be bothered and to be patient because it is true that everyone wants to go home but you must follow the normal route,” he has said.

The boat that wrecked left Hoima District, located on the eastern side of Lake Albert, on Saturday with a cargo of refugees living in the facility until Kyangwali Uganda, but had decided to return home in the east DRC.

Meanwhile, the President of the Congolese Diaspora in Uganda, Desire Bahati Kayungu, laments living conditions in Congolese refugee camps in the country.

This, according to him, is the basis of their willingness to return to the DRC.

It urges the authorities to facilitate their voluntary return. About the accident, he moves a record of 113 dead, 49 missing and 47 survivors.

Overloading the boat would be the cause of this accident.

After this tragedy, UNHCR had said “shocked”.

“I am deeply shocked by this tragedy,” said Monday the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres.

MONUSCO In a letter to Joseph Kabila, the head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, presented its heartfelt to the president of the Democratic Republic.

He said that the UN Mission was ready to provide the assistance that the government deems necessary due to this disaster.



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