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Hundreds of Congolese nationals have fled into Uganda following heavy gunfire exchange between government forces and M23 rebels in eastern DR Congo.
Some of the refugees found at Bunagana border post in Kisoro District in western Uganda said they had walked about 40km from their troubled homes as government forces tried to flush out the rebels.
The heavy fighting witnessed in the areas of Chanzu, Kiisiza, Ruyoni and Mbuzi in the north Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo is said to have started at 10pm and lasted until 3am. “I have never seen such a big number of Congolese refugees entering Uganda in my life. In the past conflicts we would see dozens entering into our country seeking refugee but this time round, it’s too much,” Mr Amosiyasi Mutwale, a local trader at Bunagana town council told this reporter.
Mr Mutwale said that some of the fleeing Congolese looked exhausted, an indication that they could have walked long distances before entering Uganda. Some of the refugees were seen carrying personal belongings on their heads while others had their domestic animals such as goats and cows.
This is not the first time Congolese refugees are fleeing into Uganda seeking refuge.
Already, there are more than 470,000 Congolese refugees in Uganda who since April 2012 have been displaced by fierce fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In April 2012, more than 3, 00 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo camped at Nyakabande Refugee transit Camp in Kisoro District before they were relocated.