Amid fighting, many Congolese flee to Uganda
30 October 2013, 20:49
Kampala - A spokesperson for the United Nations refugee agency
in Uganda says more than 5 000 Congolese have crossed into Uganda to escape
renewed fighting between Democratic Republic of Congo's military and M23
Lucy Beck of UNHCR said on Wednesday that the number was
expected to rise to 10 000 by Thursday, as fighting intensifies near the
She said humanitarian
workers could hear gunfire a few kilometres from the Bunagana border post.
Bunagana is one of M23's strongholds, but it was unclear if the rebels still
controlled it Wednesday.
DRC’s military has stepped up its offensive against the
rebels who are widely believed to be backed by Rwanda.
Most of the refugees are children and women, some of whom
carried their livestock and prized belongings across the border, according to