Congolese nationals flee to Uganda over heavy fighting between M23 rebels and gov’t forces

Written by on March 29, 2022

Over 8000 Congolese nationals fleeing fresh fighting between suspected members of the M23 Movement rebels and the Congolese government forces in North Kivu province have crossed to Kisoro district in Uganda.

According to the residents, heavy fighting erupted in the hills of Runyonyi and Tchanzu in the Virunga mountain ranges, about four kilometres to the Uganda- DR Congo border of Bunagana in Kisoro district.

The fighting erupted at around 4am on Monday morning.

Captain Peter Mugisha, the outgoing Kisoro Resident District Commissioner says more than 8000 people had crossed and camped on the Ugandan side of the Bunagana border.

Mugisha says more than 600 have crossed through Kibaya porous border, adding that more are still crossing. He says that efforts to take them to Nyakabande transit site for safe management are underway.


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