Over 30,000 Congolese flee rebel attacks to Uganda

July 13, 2013 11:33 am
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A mother carries her baby at Rwamwanja refugee camp, in the Kamwenge district, western Uganda, March 6, 2013/AFP
A mother carries her baby at Rwamwanja refugee camp, in the Kamwenge district, western Uganda, March 6, 2013/AFP

, KAMPALA, July 13 – More than 30,000 refugees from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo fleeing a rebel attack on the town of Kamango have arrived in neighbouring Uganda, UN officials said Saturday.

Streams of refugees have crossed the border into western Uganda’s Bundibugyo district since the attack on Thursday.

United Nations refugee agency official Karen Ringuette said that as of late Friday, more than 30,000 had entered Uganda, updating a previous tally of at least 23,000.

So far, there had been no further updates of numbers arrived Saturday, Ringuette added.

The town of Kamango in the northernmost part of North Kivu province was attacked and briefly occupied Thursday by a Ugandan led rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Ugandan army spokesman Paddy Ankunda said Saturday that troops have been sent to reinforce positions along the border with Congo.

“We have deployed enough forces on our common border to ensure these terrorists (ADF) do not cross the line, because Uganda is their target,” Ankunda told AFP.

“We are in contact with Congolese army and the situation is getting back to normal, but people have continued to enter Uganda fearing the rebels will kill them.”

The ADF was formed in the mid 1990s in the Rwenzori mountains in western Uganda, close to the DR Congo border.

Part of the ADF is now based in DR Congo after Ugandan government forces attacked their bases two years ago.

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