1000s flee DRC violence

2012-02-29 09:14

Kampala - Ongoing violence in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has caused thousands of people to flee to neighbouring Uganda this year, government officials said.

The Congolese were fleeing through different official and unofficial border points, Ugandan authorities said. Many were stuck at the Nyakabande transit camp near the border town of Kisoro, 480km southwest of the Ugandan capital Kampala.

"The number of refugees who arrived since mid-January is in the several thousands," said Uganda's commissioner for refugees David Kazungu.

"They are still moving in," Kazungu added, although the pace had slowed to about 50 people a week.

Ugandan authorities said they were struggling to cope with the fresh influx and bring the people to existing refugee camps in the country, where basic services are being offered.

The refugees are believed to be escaping from marauding militia groups in the mostly lawless North Kivu province in DR Congo. There are also concerns about threats of post-election violence brewing in the massive central African country.

The UN office in Kampala was not able to comment on the situation.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-02-29 09:20

    Is this really worthy news? Its just a normal day in Africa where they killing each other!

  • Angela - 2012-02-29 09:24

    I know the Americans have paid rebels so that they can get diamonds !!!

      Rems - 2012-02-29 18:56

      Angela, correct! But, they have done more! They are also arming and supporting the current corrupt and criminal Congolese government to continue terrorizing the population, while all sort of natural resources are looted easily.

  • lindz.kok - 2012-02-29 09:38

    whoo hoo... "hello africa tell me how you doing" lmfao! anc cast your view to the north and see the future.

  • Sariena - 2012-02-29 10:01

    The brainless Africa is at it again.

      Carol - 2012-02-29 16:30

      WTF Sariena...only braindead people will make comments like this! I hope you are in Europe/Australia/Canada/America - we don't need you kind in Africa

  • Andre - 2012-02-29 10:17

    Africa at its best! Where are JZ and Mbeki???? and the AU???? Robbing them of their diamonds and oil? Nobody can kill than Africa can. It is such a disaster everywhere. It is so depressing.

  • Rems - 2012-02-29 19:06

    To all who post insults to Africans. Your western governments are responsible for all the killings in Africa. How? By paying and funding various militias and rebel groups to sustain those killings, and thereby keeping African governments weakened and corrupt so that natural resources can continue to be looted. Your western governments have managed to eliminate all and every responsible african leaders and helped put in place corrupt dictators that they maintain and manupilate at will...The African people have understood this and are now fighting to remove the real cause of suffering in Africa: corrupt and criminal western governments who have been stealing from Africa for centuries! Please stop believing your main street news media that's been feeding you lies and garbage all your life.

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