Congo refugees flee over Ugandan border as ceasefire crumbles
Thousands of civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo fled into neighbouring Uganda after fresh fighting broke out between rebels and pro-government militia as the latest ceasefire collapsed.
Aid agencies estimated that at least 13,000 people had crossed the border since rebel commander Laurent Nkunda launched what his spokesman called “police operations” two days ago, almost doubling the number of recent Congolese refugees there.
“The stream of new arrivals continues. More and more people are arriving and we need to transport them away from the border to a safe place immediately,” said Yumiko Takashima, from the United Nations refugee agency, which is working to relocate the refugees to a settlement at Nakivale, 220 miles east of the frontier. Paul Ndiho Has More on the story