2000 Congo refugees flee fighting, enter Uganda

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Congo refugees fleeing fighting

Hundreds of internally displaced people (IDP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been forced to flee fighting in the Ituri region.

It follows increased attacks by militias on several villages.

Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi reports from a refugee reception centre in western Uganda.

Just this month, more than 1,000 internally displaced people from Ituri fled to Uganda, and more than 60,000 since 2017.

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State Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and refugees, Musa Ecweru, is quoted by KFM saying women and children fled ethnic clashes in DRC amongst the Alum, Ledu and Kebu tribes over land.

Minister Ecweru made the remarks while receiving a delegation from Hungary in Kampala ahead of a refugee fact-finding mission of settlement camps across Uganda.

He said about 2000 refugees from DR Congo are still hosted at Zombo in western Uganda and have not yet been accorded refugee status.

Ecweru noted that they will soon be repatriated back when normalcy soon returns to their home villages.

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