Uganda: Inter-Agency Operational Update on the DRC Situation #32 (8 - 14 May 2018)

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 14 May 2018

A new refugee influx from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began in mid-December 2017, following the eruption of interethnic violence in Ituri – adding to the ongoing influx from North Kivu.

All new arrivals from the DRC are granted refugee status by the Government of Uganda on a prima facie basis. Partners provide reception assistance and relocation to settlements.

The Uganda Operation is currently reviewing the DRC chapter of the Uganda integrated RRP, based on the new planning figures of 150,000 new refugee arrivals by 31 December 2018.


43,908 * Biometrically registered new arrivals From 1 January to 31 December 2017

276,570 * DRC refugees As of 28 February 2018

80,316 * DRC new arrivals Since 1 January 2018

Update On Achievements

Operational Highlights

  • The national level Inter-Agency Coordination Group initiated the revision of the DRC chapter of the 2018 Uganda Integrated RRP for South Sudan, DRC and Burundi, based on the new planning figures of 150,000 new refugee arrivals from DRC by 31 December 2018. Sector Working Groups have begun to review sectoral strategies, needs and targets accordingly.

  • One new cholera case was reported in Hoima district, bringing the total of those affected since the outbreak in Mid-February to 2,252 cases and 45 deaths, in both Kyangwali and Kyaka II, with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 1.4 percent, which is within the acceptable rate.

  • In Kyaka II, screening for Ebola has started at the reception centre in Sweswe, as a precautionary measure, following reports of confirmed cases in Bikoro Health Zone, Equateur province of DRC.

  • The spontaneous return of Congolese from Sebagoro to DRC continued, by boats, though in a smaller scale—two boats departed. Among those who left are refugees already settled in Kyangwali, while majority are staying in Sebagoro and Nkondo and are not registered as refugees. The returnees claimed checking on their properties in place of origin as main reason for departure.

Operational Context

  • On 8-14 May, some 1,220 new refugees entered Uganda from the DRC, including 886 from North Kivu, 236 across Lake Albert and 98 via Piadha, arriving at landing sites in Hoima Ntoroko and Neddi.

  • In Kyaka II, the refugee outflow continued from North Kivu, through the border-entry points of Kisoro around Ntoroko. A total of 1,028 individuals were received from Ntoroko and Kisoro.

  • In Kyangwali, 1,403 households of 2,615 individuals were relocated from the reception centre to Kavule settlement, representing all the refugees who had been registered and issued attestations by OPM. They all received CRIs and were assigned plots of land.