Up to 858 Congolese refugees who sought asylum in Zombo district after deadly tribal clashes between the Lendu and the Alur have been transferred to Imvepi settlement in Terego district. The clashes in eastern DRC have reportedly displaced over 1500 people mainly the ethnic Alur who have since settled in Zeu farm institute.
Imvepi Refugee Camp currently hosts 66,000 South Sudanese nationals. The transfer of the refugees to Imvepi refugee settlement follows a directive from the Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Engineer Hilary Onek, on account that the refugees should not continue to be a burden for the districts or the Alur Kingdom.
Initially, the group had been offered temporary space at the Zeu Institute Farmlandunder Alur Kingdom, due to the increased inflow of the Congolese refugees into Zombo district.
But Solomon Osakan, the Refugee Desk Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister Arua said that the government did not have a plan to establish another refugee settlement yet it has the available infrastructure and ample land for settlement and cultivation at Imvepi. According to Osakan, OPM will not receive any more refugees from DRC.
//Cue in; So far 858 people...
Cue out... 66 thousand." //
A fleet of buses, Trucks and Land cruisers from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees caused an abrupt stop to businesses in Arua city as they transported refugees to their new land in Imvepi Camp.
Two weeks ago, THE UNHCR Arua office announced that it had set up an isolation centre at Muni University for all its staff citing the increased threat of COVID-19 to its staff working with the Congolese refugees in Zombo.