UNHCR Uganda Briefing Notes

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 15 Oct 1996
Some of you have asked about media reports from the region regarding an attack on UN premises in Pakelle, northern Uganda, on Monday. What we know so far is: Unidentified armed men on Monday attacked UNHCR's office and staff quarters in two separate areas of Pakelle, about 600 kms north of Kampala, setting trucks and equipment ablaze but causing no casualties. Following the attack on the two UNHCR premises -- offices and living quarters, which are about three kilometers apart -- at 5:30 a.m., 84 expatriate and national staff of UNHCR and other UN agencies and NGOs were flown to Kampala as a security precaution. The non-governmental organization, Lutheran World Federation, shares offices with UNHCR in Pakelle. The motive for the attack was not immediately known. The offices were ransacked. Twelve vehicles, including 10 trucks, a motorcycle and some communications equipment and generators were torched.
The UNHCR sub-office in Pakelle takes care of about half of the 229,000 Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda. Today, the government is sending an assessment mission to Pakelle. The mission will include two people from UNHCR and the UN security coordinator.