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22 Aug 2016 description
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Uganda Red Cross Volunteers on June 26th braved the night, cold and bloody boarder of Nimule – Connecting Uganda to South Sudan in rescue of refugees fleeing uncertainty when fighting broke out in Wau, South Sudan forcing thousands of people to flee to Uganda. The situation has since been tense and alarming. Hundreds of lives have been claimed in the fights and many more rescued because of the presence of Humanitarian support from key players like Uganda Red Cross.

24 Jan 2014 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi

50 year old Aluga carries a jerrycan of water on her head. She has just collected it from a Uganda Red Cross Society tank installed at Waju 1 refugee camp in Koboko district. Aluga is among the 2, 500 Congolese refugees at the camp. She has been here for the last 3 months.

She narrates how she fled her country in November and briefly returned back to harvest crops but that was short lived when fighting resumed. All she thought of is running back to Uganda for safety.

17 Jan 2014 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi
Thursday, 16 January 2014 17:25

By Chanelle Corena, Danish Red Cross Society

For close to one year, men, women and children from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been pouring over the border into neighbouring Uganda, hoping to escape the ongoing violence plaguing the eastern regions of DRC.

Thousands have arrived at the Nyakabande refugee transit camp in Kisoro district, where they receive shelter, food and other basic necessities from the Uganda Red Cross Society.

08 Jan 2014 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi

The Government and humanitarian agencies are in a joint inter-agency rapid assessment of the South Sudan Population Movement. This was reached at during an inter-agency stakeholder coordination meeting chaired by the Office of Prime Minister.

The agencies to participate in the two day assessment that kicks off on Sunday (January 5) are Uganda Red Cross Society, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, FAO, LWF, HIJIRA, MTI, MSF, DRC, Inter-Aid among others.

28 Oct 2013 description
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An estimated 10,000 refugees have crossed into Koboko district from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Partners working with Office of Prime minister that include Uganda Red Cross, Koboko District authorities, UNHCR, among others on Monday met in Koboko to discuss the fate of the refugees.

According to URCS Arua Branch Manager Yona Ukoku, the teams conducted a joint assessment and visited two areas which will act as transit centres for the refuges. The areas are Lolo, formerly used by BAT tobacco buying centre but currently empty and Midia Youth Centre.

26 Jul 2013 description
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Government and partners are intensifying efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to over 16, 666 Congolese refugees registered at Bubukwanga Transit Camp in Bundibugyo.

The Office of Prime Minister and UNHCR are coordinating the setting up and management of the camp. Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) was tasked to be in charge of the camp.

A URCS refugee influx response report on July 25 indicates that 16 agencies are supporting government in provision of humanitarian assistance to the refugees. 46 communal shelters have been set up at the camp.

22 Jul 2013 description
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Bubukwanga Transit camp in Bundibugyo is now home to 15,447 with more females registered. Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) continues to manage the transit camp on behalf of Office of Prime Minister and UNHCR. 70 Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to support in the operation.

URCS registered 99 unaccompanied minors of which 67 have successfully been re-united with their parents by the Red Cross.

15 Jul 2013 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi

The government working with partners like Uganda Red Cross Society, UNHCR, WFP will today (Sunday) moving thousands of Congolese refugees that crossed into Uganda through Bundibugyo to a transit camp.

The transit camp is located in Bubukwanga Sub County, eight kms towards Fort Portal from Bundibugyo. By Saturday evening, Red Cross, Office of Prime Minister and the district authorities had confirmed that 65, 473 refugees had crossed into the country.

04 Mar 2013 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi

70% of the 4, 000 Congolese refugees that crossed into the country on February 28, have returned home.

Uganda Red Cross Society Assistant Director Emergency Preparedness and Response Kevin Busiima says URCS in Kisoro working with UNHCR has registered 1, 106 of the new refugees. These accepted to join Nyakabande Transit Camp in Kisoro.

The camp was set up by Office of Prime Minister to temporarily host Congolese refugees before they are re-settled in a settlement. Busiima says Nyakabande camp currently has 4, 058

01 Mar 2013 description
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The Office of Prime Minister working with Uganda Red Cross Society, UNHCR, security organs and Kisoro District authorities on Friday conducted a joint rapid assessment to assess the situation of new Congolese refugees camped at Bunagana.

On February 28, 2013, 4000 refugees crossed into Uganda through Bunagana border.

The Uganda Red Cross on Friday mobilized the refugees for an address from Kisoro Resident District Commissioner.

05 Sep 2012 description

Written by Catherine Ntabadde Wednesday, 05 September 2012 08:48

By Hanne Sorine Sorensen, Information Delegate, IFRC

18 Jul 2012 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has partnered with UNHCR to manage Nyakabande Transit Camp in Kisoro for six months (July-Dec 2012). The camp is temporarily accommodating Congolese refugees who have crossed into the country.

As part of the camp management roles, URCS will support UNHCR and Office of Prime Minister to register new arrivals.

As of 11th July, URCS had registered 16, 260 Congolese refugees.

10 Jul 2012 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde

Uganda Red Cross Society has doubled its volunteers to 50 at Nyakabande Transit Centre and Bunagana border following an increase in the number of Congolese refugees.

As of July 9, Nyakabande Transit Centre had 16, 270. Government and UNHCR are today (July 10) scheduled to transport a batch of 2, 500 from Nyakabande to Rwamwanja.

URCS Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka notes that since 5th July the number of refugees that are crossing into the country from DR Congo has steadily increased.

10 Apr 2012 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 08:28

3, 202 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are camped at Nyakabande Refugee Camp in Kisoro District. 713 of the refugees arrived on Easter Monday.

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) continues to support Office of Prime Minister and partners UNHCR manage the camp. According to URCS Kisoro Branch Manager Johnson Kyomukama, the Red Cross is providing registration services, first aid, promotion of hygiene and sanitation in the camp, construction of shelter for the refugees.

02 Feb 2012 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde

Following the continuing influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Office of Prime Minister has re-opened the Nyakabande Reception Centre in Kisoro, South Western Uganda.

Working with UNHCR, Uganda Red Cross Society, the refugees that were initially at the URCS Kisoro Branch office have today (February 2) been re-located to the spacious reception centre by the government through Office of Prime Minister.

27 Jan 2012 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde

118 new Congolese refugees have crossed into the country and are camped at the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Kisoro offices.

The URCS Kisoro office is acting as a transit camp for the refugees before they are transported to Oruchinga Refugee Settlement in Isingiro District by UNHCR.

23 Jan 2012 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde

They trek long distances searching for a new home. They move village to village until they find themselves at the boarder of Uganda and Congo.

Even after crossing the Uganda and Congo boarder at either Nteko or Bunagana, they have to walk a distance still not sure of where to go. Later on, a UNCHR truck comes to collect them from the reception centre.

These are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who were driven to the transit camp at Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Kisoro Branch Offices

17 Jan 2012 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde

203 children below the age of 5 years are among the 917 Congolese refugees that have crossed to Uganda since July 2011. The refugees are received and registered by Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) volunteers at the URCS Kisoro Branch.

Most of the volunteers came through Nteko boarder, according to Branch Manager Johnson Kyomukama. At Nteko, the refugees are received by URCS volunteers who carry out on spot assessment.

13 Jan 2012 description
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Written by Catherine Ntabadde

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has since December 2011 received and registered 197 Congolese refugees at its Kisoro Branch in Western Uganda. Of the 197 refuges, 83 are children below 5 years.

Today (January 13, 2012), 94 refugees are camped in the URCS Kisoro Branch compound while 19 are at Nteko reception centre, 48km from Kisoro Town. URCS volunteers often travel to Nteko to receive and register the refugees. URCS is using its Kisoro Branch offices to receive and register the refugees.

31 Oct 2011 description
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By John L. Sengendo-Communications Volunteer

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) together with ICRC recently conducted a joint mission to Nakivale and Oruchinga Refugee Settlements in South Western Uganda. The mission included the Head of Sector East African Cooperation and Coordination Ms. Celline Leonet who wanted to learn more about the where URCS operates.

Among the activities done were meetings that were held at URCS Mbarara Branch office, in Nakivale and Oruchinga settlement facilities.