So far 10, 000 refugees had trooped into Uganda, according to statistics by UNHCR. 1, 470 of the refugees came through the Kanungu corridor.
URCS has taken on the responsibility of registering all the refugees that come through Kisoro and Kanungu. In addition, Uganda Red Cross is hosting the refugees for 2-3 days at Red Cross offices in Kisoro and Kanungu as they wait to be transported to Nakivale resettlement camp by UNHCR. However majority of the refugees prefer to stay with their relatives at the boarder, rent houses or sleep on verandas on the thinking that the war in DRC would end soon. Those willing to be transported are taken in buses by UNHCR.
Each of the refugees entering Uganda receives non food items namely cups, plates, spoons and blankets from Uganda Red Cross Society. So far URCS has been able to distribute 1, 550 non food items.
The Acting Secretary General URCS Mr. Michael Nataka says Uganda Red Cross has launched a Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) to the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC) to assist 5, 000 refugees with non food items and in areas of health and water.
URCS is working with UNHCR, Office of the Prime Minister and district local authorities in the coordination of the refugee operation.
By Catherine Ntabadde