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Opposition Blasts UN over L. Albert Refugee Deaths Scandal

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The UN is now being asked to probe how under which the refugees left the camp unnoticed.

The call was made by opposition People’s Democratic Party President Dr Abed Bwanika during a press briefing on Thursday.

He described the tragedy as a shame to both the UNHCR office in Uganda and the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness.

“How could such a huge number of people leave the camp to board an overloaded boat without the knowledge of the officials?” he wondered.

“We also understand that several other refugees had left same camp back to the Congo, saying they had been dumped in the camp without food, water or medicine.”

“We therefore ask both the UN and government of Uganda to investigate their officers in the two bodies on this tragedy.”

Bwanika further urged that Uganda should begin welcoming refugees that it can manage to handle. Current the county hosts over 350,000 refugees as of February 2013 about half of whom are from neighbouring DRC.

Describing the Saturday tragedy as “deeply saddening”, Head of UN Refugees agency, Mr Antonio Guterress said he had called the UNHCR Uganda office to offer support in terms of rescue as well as assisting survivors.

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