Reference : V-P-UG-E-00326
Date : 15/03/2012
Caption : Central Uganda, near Mbarara, Nakivale refugee camp. A refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo finally gets through to her family after several attemps. The phone service is set up by Uganda Red Cross Society and the ICRC
Photographer : KAKANDE, Fred
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, News Release 12/141, 10-07-2012

Uganda: Congolese refugees receive emergency aid

Kampala/Geneva (ICRC) – Following renewed fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo over the past few days, more than 16,500 Congolese refugees have fled into western Uganda through the Bunagana, Katwe and Bukazi border posts.

''The recent fighting, which was heavy and unexpected, resulted in thousands of people, including many women and children, entering Uganda within a very short time," said Riccardo Conti, the head of the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Uganda. "They arrive destitute, because they have to leave everything behind when they flee the country. Quite apart from problems relating to accommodation, hygiene and food supply, the issue of family members becoming separated from one another as they flee is also already being felt in the camps."

Nearly 500 people have so far used a dedicated phone service set up by the Uganda Red Cross Society and the ICRC to call loved ones across the border and let them know they arrived safely in the country. In addition, almost 90 minors who had been living unaccompanied in camps in Uganda have been reunited with family members living in other camps.

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