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16 Nov 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya are home to more than two million refugees from Somalia, South Sudan, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi and Eritrea.
  • The bulk of this population — about 1.47 million people — is in Uganda, despite its economy and land size being smaller than those of Kenya and Tanzania.
  • The refugees are fleeing civil war and famine, only to find themselves unsettled, plagued by funding shortfalls from international donors, xenophobia and corrupt officials

By Pauline Kairu

15 Oct 2018 description
report EastAfrican

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.

23 Sep 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- 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

31 Aug 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • 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.

04 Jul 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Andrew Edward Tchie, Conflict and Policy Advisor on Syria, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, King's College London Centre for Conflict and Health, Visiting Researcher at PRIO, and PhD Candidate at University of Essex., University of Essex

17 Jun 2018 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationCaroline Lenette Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Storytelling is innate to humans. For millennia, ever since cave paintings were used to record practices, storytelling in all its different forms and genres has contributed to rich cultural traditions from one generation to the next.

20 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

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."

07 May 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

In Summary

  • Ms Opendi said the government has secured a cholera vaccine that is already being administered to children aged one year and above in Hoima and Kyegegwa districts.
  • Recently, cholera broke out in refugee settlement camps of Kyangwali in Hoima District and Kyaka II in Kyegegwa District.

By EMMANUEL AINEBYOONA The Ministry of Health has indicated that it has not registered any new cholera case in Kampala apart from the seven cases currently receiving treatment at Naguru hospital.

03 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

By Evelyn Lirri

02 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • 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.

01 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- 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.

01 May 2018 description

In February police killed at least five refugees and injured 20 at the camp after protests over cuts in food rations turned violent

By Clement Uwiringiyimana

KIGALI, April 30 (Reuters) - Rwandan police fired teargas on Monday at refugees and injured at least one child after senior police officers and government officials visiting their camp were pelted with stones, the refugees said.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

04 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

April 04, 2018 10:39 AM
Halima Athumani

KYANGWALI, UGANDA — The refugee population in Uganda stands at more than 1.4 million and growing, thanks to conflicts in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The influx is forcing Uganda to rethink its decades-old policy of allocating plots of land for refugees to farm and live on.

The Congolese refugees arrive on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert aboard rickety boats.

More than 60,000 have come since the start of the year. They are fleeing a fresh wave of communal violence in the northeastern D.R.C.

29 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • 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.

28 Mar 2018 description
report Voice of America

KYANGWALI, UGANDA — In 2005, four young Congolese refugees in western Uganda opened a school for kids like themselves, separated from their families when they fled conflict in neighboring countries. Today, the school boasts about 500 students and continues to provide free education to unaccompanied refugee children or those whose families cannot afford to pay.

23 Mar 2018 description
report Voice of America

KYANGWALI, UGANDA — The wave of ethnic violence sweeping through northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. Nearly 50,000 have crossed into Uganda.

The waters of Lake Albert look beautiful and even inviting, but they can also be dangerous. The U.N. says several Congolese refugees have died this year making the five-hour crossing to Uganda in rickety boats.

04 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Badylon Kawanda Bakiman

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8.

KIKWIT, DR Congo, Mar 4 2018 (IPS) - The numbers are hard to fathom. Nearly two million people driven from their homes in 2017 alone. The worst cholera epidemic of the past 15 years, with over 55,000 cases and more than 1,000 deaths. Countless others killed, maimed or sexually assaulted.

21 Feb 2018 description

Around 2,000 people from the 17,000-strong Karongi camp in western Rwanda marched out of the camp to protest a 25 percent cut in food rations

By Clement Uwiringiyimana

KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Congolese refugees in Rwanda said soldiers shot at them and wounded at least two people on Tuesday as the refugees tried to march out of their camp in protest at a cut in food rations.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation