By Enos Masereka,
More than 1,000 Congolese nationals, fleeing fresh attacks by suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have entered Bundibugyo District, Kasese Guide Radio has learnt.
Mr. Francis Ssenyondo, the Bundibugyo District Refugee focal person, stated that they have registered cases of persons with disabilities, the elderly, and unaccompanied minors among the asylum seekers in the district.
He said preliminary registration of all the asylum seekers was ongoing before they could be transferred to the transit center in Bubukwanga, with Save the Children International taking care of the vulnerable groups. Mr. Senyondo speaking…….
The Resident District Commissioner, Lt. Col. Bright Alex who said all was being done for the safety of the asylum seekers, added the situation could have been forced by an alleged attack by Allied Democratic Forces on communities in Kichnaga, Watalinga County in Beni District on Sunday night where more than16 people are said to have been killed. Lt. Col. Alex speaking….
Ms Rose Bakaswara, one of the asylum seekers, recounted that suspected ADF rebels attacked their village around 10:00 pm before randomly shooting into homes before asking the Ugandan authorities to support their stay in the camp since they had left most of their property back home. Ms Rose speaking……
Reports have indicated that the group, mostly comprising women and children, entered Bundibugyo through Butoogho and is currently camped at Butoogho Primary School and Butoogho Sairi Church of Uganda. END.