Refugee influx hits Uganda

KAMPALA - As many as 10000 Congolese refugees have crossed the border into Uganda in the last two days, fleeing violence in their villages, local government officials said yesterday.

KAMPALA - As many as 10000 Congolese refugees have crossed the border into Uganda in the last two days, fleeing violence in their villages, local government officials said yesterday.

Some of the refugees said they fled after a demonstration by local people protesting the failure of UN peacekeepers to improve security in their remote southeastern Congolese territory.

Refugees told of villagers hurling rocks at UN troops and some said they feared that the situation would further deteriorate, said David Masereka, the district commissioner of Kisoro, which sits along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"The influx began yesterday morning and continues up to now," Masereka said.

He said the refugees had gathered on the site of a primary school in the small border town of Bunagana.

"It is mostly women and children that have arrived but they came in haste and were unable to bring food. They are already hungry but we have no supplies to give them." -Sapa-AP

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