Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- More than 2,000 people fleeing ethnic fighting in eastern DR Congo crossed into Uganda on Tuesday, bringing to about 15,000 the number of refugees that have since last year escaped recurrent clashes between the Lendu and Hema tribes.
Officials in Kampala said Wednesday that an estimated 2,093 Congolese had been camped in Buseruka and Kigorobya in Hoima district, 226 km north-west of the Ugandan capital.
"We are settling them on fairly arable land where government would provide them seeds to grow their own food," Hoima district commissioner Deo Nsereko told PANA, adding that they would all be registered.
"Their registration would be used to seek UN assistance," Nsereko explained.
According to statistics from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Hoima district is already burdened with a refugee concentration of 15,000 Congolese in the Kyangwali camp, which also holds some 25,000 Sudanese and 10,000 Ethiopians.