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By JONATHAN KAMOGA
A wave of insecurity and political unrest hit the Great Lakes region early in 2016: South Sudan had plunged into yet another war, Burundi was cracking down on dissidents following a botched coup, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic were also in turmoil.
The wars in these countries forced an influx of refugees into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan and another 300,000 from DR Congo.
The region’s leaders are now looking to end the conflict.
- UNHCR has toned down calls pushing for more refugees to be repatriated.
- Since last year the agency assisted more than 44,000 refugees to voluntarily repatriate to Burundi, with the vast majority coming from Tanzania.
- However, about 1,000 refugees continue to arrive in neighbouring countries each month, citing insecurity, harassment, and fear.
By MOSES HAVYARIMANA
- Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (Midimar) said it has dispensed some 2,760 cards to mainly Burundian and some Congolese refugees.
- The ID issuance began on Thursday after the conclusion of a joint refugee verification exercise to capture biometric data by the government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
By Ivan R. Mugisha
Rwanda has issued more than 2,500 identity cards to refugees in the country to enable them move freely and access social services and jobs.
By Arnaldo Vieira
Angolan authorities have shut the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Malanje Province to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, media confirmed.
Malanje Province is located 383km northeast of Luanda and is a major point of interaction between Angolans and the Congolese.
According to VOA Radio, the border points on the Angolan side would have 12 police officers, 12 immigration personnel, four nurses and four firefighters and civil protection services officials to ensure the Ebola virus was not allowed in.
- The ministry sets up special health facility zones in communities near Lake Tanganyika.
- A team of experts has been dispatched to the six regions bordering DR Congo to help in surveillance and control.
- The deadly virus outbreak has so far killed 27 people in DRC.
By BEATRICE MATERU
Tanzania has intensified its surveillance at all points of entry following the Ebola outbreak that has so far killed 27 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
By MICHAEL CHAWE
Seven Congolese refugees in Zambia died following a boat accident as they sought to escape from a transit centre north of the country, police said.
Zambia police issued a statement saying: "Seven Democratic Republic of Congo nationals have drowned on Lake Mweru in Chiengi District of Luapula Province after their boat capsized due to heavy winds."
By JOSEPH ODUHA
South Sudan has restricted the movements of people and goods along its borders with the DR Congo over the Ebola spread fears.
Health minister Riek Gai Kok announced on Thursday that the risk of the Ebola spread to South Sudan was high due to the proximity between the two countries.
“While cases of Ebola Virus Disease have not yet been detected in South Sudan, the risk is high because of movement of people from DR Congo into South Sudan,” he said.
An isolation facility
By ELIZABETH MERAB
Kenya is on a high alert following an Ebola outbreak that has killed 17 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In a statement on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the ministry will be conducting routine screening of all travellers at points of entry including at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), and Busia and Malaba along Kenya's border with Uganda.
“In these places, we have installed thermal guns to detect any person with elevated temperatures,” said Ms Kariuki.
By Evelyn Lirri
The security forces wanted to arrest some of their leaders accused of fuelling the on-going unrest.
The camp is yet to have new leadership after MIDIMAR on Monday disbanded the Congolese refugee leadership for the camp.
Tension simmered in late April when police intensified security at the camp and its environs.
By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
The Rwanda police have arrested 23 DR Congolese refugees following clashes with the security forces at Kiziba camp on Tuesday.
- The move comes amid last week’s reports of rising tensions that saw the government deploy security organs to the Kiziba camp
- The food protest in February had over 10 refugees shot dead and several others injured in a clash with the police
- More than 22 suspected ringleaders were currently facing justice
By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
Rwanda has disbanded the Congolese refugee leadership for Kiziba camp over accusations of fuelling unrest.
- Refugees accused of inciting others to reject biometric registration.
- The are reported to belong to a Catholic sect that resist any form of biometric listing and modern medicine.
- The refugees are accused of endangering the lives of others in the camps as well as those of the officials.
By EDMUND KAGIRE
Rwanda police have arrested 33 Burundian refugees accused of inciting others to reject biometric registration.
- This is not the first time the Congolese government is confronting the Mai Mai rebels.
By MOSES HAVYARIMANA
Burundi has in the past week received more than 8,000 refugees fleeing the fighting between Mai Mai rebels and government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Burundian government officials said that refugees continue to arrive from DRC’s South Kivu to the southwestern port of Rumonge on Lake Tanganyika.
By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
African countries are divided on the fate of Rwandan refugees within their borders following the expiry of the deadline of the cessation clause that effectively ends their refugee status.
The cessation clause is part of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which allows countries to declare that the reasons that led to people fleeing the country no longer exist, and that all those who fled should be able to return or risk losing their refugee status.
- Parties cited the need for more time to promote voluntary repatriation, while a section of asylum countries grappled with logistical challenges to examine individual cases of refugees seeking exemption or integration.
- Deadline for cessation elapses on January 1, 2018.
By RODRIGUES RWIRAHIRA
Rwanda's government has adopted a policy that enables refugees to work for a living as donor funding to support those in refugee camps reduces.
According to officials from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR), the policy seeks to, among other goals, address a 10 per cent reduction in resources for feeding camp-based refugees. The officials said the policy would also help ease pressure on Rwanda as a host country.
Political uncertainty has risen after the postponement of elections.
President Kabila had already exceeded the constitutional two-term limit, but a court ruled that he could stay in office until a new election.
Since August 2016, violence in the Kasai region has claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 people and displaced around 1.4 million.
By KILASA MTAMBALIKE
- Rwandan refugees have up to December 31 to either secure legal residency in host countries, return home or risk losing protection after the cessation date.
- This has seen the country receive over 11,000 returnees in the first eight months of this year compared with 5,580 in 2016.
- Invocation of the cessation clause means that the UNHCR will no longer be responsible for supporting Rwandan refugees.