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Displaced in Western Uganda Struggle With Refugee Influx

Displaced people in western Uganda’s Bundibugyo District are struggling to cope with the arrival since March of some 11,000 refugees from the war-torn Ituri District of neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a report by the Kampala-based Refugee Law Project (RLP). While the refugees were initially well received, researchers had discovered growing concern among impoverished local people about the long-term feasibility of the situation, said the report. The sheer size of the refugee population relative to local people was creating a crisis in the area, it added. In Ntoroko, with a population of just 4,000, 8,000 refugees had arrived, putting tremendous pressure on scarce resources. Full Story

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