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.