31 October 2008
|Seventy percent of those fleeing are temporarily staying in the southwestern border areas of Uganda hoping to return in case the situation in their home villages normalises.|
Seventy percent of those fleeing are temporarily staying in the southwestern border areas of Uganda hoping to return in case the situation in their home villages normalises. Others however, continue their way to Kampala with great hopes of finding help there.
Widespread atrocities and human
rights violations like gang rapes, murders, massacres, looting and abductions
are common woes faced by innocent civilians, most of them women and children,
who are forced to flee from the war-torn North Kivu
province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
attacks in North Kivu are claimed to be
carried out by rebel factions, the majority of them being under the command of
Tutsi Rebel leader General Laurent Nkunda but also from the Democratic Liberation
Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) and the National Army.
North Kivu extremely unstable
For a long time North Kivu has been the fighting ground for many rebel faction groups and it has seen thousands of non-combatant civilians dead, abducted and displaced. Banda (not his real name), himself a refugee, recalls: “Being born in North Kivu has become the principle reason for having to run for my life. Yesterday I was a refugee in Burundi, today in Uganda, tomorrow in Rwanda. I no longer have a family. My wife was raped to death, my daughters turned into sex slaves for rebels, and worse still, my own sons were abducted to later attack me as rebels.”
Unfortunately the situation in Congo has worsened at a time when UNHCR intended to hold tripartite arrangements with Congo and Uganda governments to voluntarily repatriate the Congolese.
The JRS Urban Emergency Programme could feel the
impact of an increased number of Congolese asylum seekers especially when