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Refugees in Arua riot over food, disarm police guard

Refugees at Omugo resettlement centre. FILE PHOTO/World Vision

Refugees at Omugo resettlement centre. FILE PHOTO/World Vision

Refugees in Omugo reception centre in Arua district have staged a strike to protest against the little food given to them. The refugees rampaged on Wednesday evening and disarmed a special police constable deployed at the centre.
They also took hostage some of the service providers. Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police spokesperson, says it took the intervention of police from Arua town to calm down the situation, recover the fire arm and rescue the service providers. But no one was injured, Angucia said. 

According to Angucia, the refugees who were waiting for relocation to Rhino Camp settlement had earlier complained about the little food distributed to them.
 
"The Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR are planning to distribute more food to the refugees later today," she said. This is the second time this year; refugees in Omugo have rioted over food. Two months ago, refugees in Imvepi and Omugo blocked World Vision from accessing their stores to distribute food.

They beat up some of the staff accusing them of not giving them food for almost two months and ransacked the food stores. It took the deployment of police officers from Arua town to calm down the situation and apprehend the masterminds of the chaos.

Refugee agencies are struggling to keep up with the rising number of refugees. More than 20 South Sudan refugees report to Omogo refugee reception center each day where they are kept for three days before being relocated to Rhino camp and other settlement camps.

 

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+1 #1 Akot 2018-11-08 17:56
What if these refugees fight for thier rights in their own countries, kick out their useless rulers, say NO to armed wars driving them out of their countries?

Ugandans are refugees in their own country, starved, oppressed, are poor, but get no food distribution but cultivate their food with 18th century tools with no help from any one: but these refugees fight over free food in a Uganda they consider peaceful-well run, while Museveni-UN-EU provide for these refugees who have nothing else to do except complain & make more babies, while more of them come in!

As it is, refugees have more say-more rights... than people they impose themselves on while UN-EU defend their rights & point fighers at countries flooded with refugees!

Who is pointing fighers at demon rulers/war bands refugees are running away from?
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+3 #2 Akot 2018-11-08 18:05
["The Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR are planning to distribute more food to the refugees later today,"]

Who is planning to distribute food to starved Ugandans who are in their own country & have not imposed themselves elsel where?

Budabuda victims didn't even get help from any ministry, nor UN, right?

But of course, Budabuda victims are Ugandans in their well run peacful country & need no help, not even from their own ministries!

How many tax payers go without lunch, but work to ensure Museveni gets tax?

Do Ugandans still not understand they MUST UNITE to bring change to be able to defend their stand in a Uganda that will once again be theirs'?
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+2 #3 rubangakene 2018-11-08 22:09
These refugees look very healthy compared to us natives who are trying to make ends meet: the bellies look full and their faces are shining, what more do they want, it is hard being a refugee in a third world.

On a more serious note the government should have a viable system in place where these refugees don't start having funny ideas.

Security, intelligence should be beefed up so that we do not wake up one day to find the inevitable has happened. Our nationals must be protected from these lot, some of who are well trained soldiers.
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0 #4 Lakwena 2018-11-12 11:34
Quoting rubangakene:
These refugees look very healthy compared to us natives who are trying to make ends meet: the bellies look full and their faces are shining, what more do they want, it is hard being a refugee in a third world. ...

Security, intelligence should be beefed up so that we do not wake up one day to find the inevitable has happened. Our nationals must be protected from these lot, some of who are well trained soldiers.


Rubangakene, refugees influx into Uganda vis-a-vis armed conflicts in the immediate and remote neighborhood like Somalia and Ethiopia; is functional.

It is the regime's hard currency/cash cow.

And remember it was refugees from Rwanda who ushered Mr. M7 into our State House. Mr. M7 made them his favored commanders and ministers in his government, whom Ugandans had to salute and follow their orders.
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