They have been asked to report to the refugee transit camp or return to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Fleeing fighting in Congo, the refugees have set up make-shift tents along the border. Ugandan authorities say the refugees pose a security threat and health hazard as they have not been screened for diseases.
They have been asked to move to the Nyakabande Transit Camp, a temporary shelter facility 10 km from the border.
“Refusal of the Congolese refugees to be relocated to the transit camp or the settlement centres and opting to camp in the border communities is not only a security threat to the community members but also poses a health threat because many of them mix up with Ugandans without being screened for Ebola and COVID-19, among many other diseases,” Ssekandi Shafik, a district commissioner, told journalists, adding that it was difficult to manage the refugees if they do not stay in one place.
The refugees resist relocating to settlement camps in Uganda, lamenting the harsh living conditions.
Following the resumption of heavy fighting between the M23 rebels and Congolese troops in March, more than 46,000 refugees have been registered at Nyakabande.
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