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UNHCR Briefing Notes: Update on DR Congo and Kenya

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This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations.
Congolese in Tanzania

More than 30,800 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have now left South Kivu for Tanzania since the rebellion began last August. UNHCR staff in Kigoma report that the flow shows no signs of abating, with five or six vessels arriving daily in Tanzania and refugees saying that a lack of boats and the cost of the fare ($10 US) for the crossing are all that is stopping more Congolese from leaving.

Violence in Kenyan camps

Between 4,000 and 6,000 women and children living in Kakuma camp, in northwest Kenya, have taken temporary refuge in or near the UNHCR compound in the camp, after fighting broke out earlier this week between Sudanese groups living in the camp. The confrontation between Sudanese Dinka and Didinga communities Wednesday morning left five refugees dead and 51 hospitalized. Many houses belonging to the Didinga community were burned.

Some of the wounded were taken to the ICRC hospital in Lokichokio, and others to local facilities. Kenyan police officials arrived quickly to restore order. UNHCR is consulting officials on ways to improve security at Kakuma, including the possibility of further separating the different refugee groups. The two existing sites are presently home to 70,000 refugees from several different countries. The majority are Sudanese, followed by Ethiopians and Ugandans. More than 1,300 southern Sudanese arrived in Kakuma during December alone.

There have also been violent incidents in and around the Dadaab camps over the past week, apparently as a result of disputes over grazing and water. There are three camps in the Dadaab area located in northeast Kenya; they house 110,000 mainly Somali refugees. The violence there is unrelated to that in Kakuma.

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