807,000 Congolese refugees expected to be hosted in the region by end 2018
300,000 Congolese refugees expected to be hosted in Uganda by end 2018
78% Of Congolese refugees are women and children
UNHCR Presence 514 national and international staff 15 offices in the country
The Uganda country annex is part of the supplementary appeal for Congolese situation, which outlines UNHCR’s protection interventions planned in 2018 and its response to the additional and most urgent needs of people of concern fleeing from the DRC.
Uganda hosts the largest number of Congolese refugees with nearly 240,000 refugees fleeing mainly from the North and South Kivu regions. In December 2017 alone, 9,500 Congolese arrived in Uganda. New arrivals are granted refugee status on a prima facie basis. Uganda’s refugee legislation, the 2006 Refugees Act, promotes refugee selfreliance and favours a development-based approach to refugee assistance.
UNHCR’s response focus on the rural settlement areas, where the most vulnerable refugees are living, while refugees in urban areas can access to Government services and targeted support for people with specific needs.
Uganda’s Central and South Western districts of Kamwenge (Rwamwanja settlement), Kyegegwa (Kyaka II settlement) and Hoima (Kyangwali settlement) will continue to receive the majority of Congolese new arrivals. The large majority are women, children and people with specific needs, many of whom have been subject to conflict-related violence, including sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
Since March 2017, the Government of Uganda is rolling out the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) focusing on the areas of protection and rights, emergency response and ongoing needs, and resilience and self-reliance.
With militia activities widespread, and unrest and violence fuelled by ethnic and political conflict affecting many areas within the DRC, the risk of further displacement is high.
UNHCR expects 60,000 new Congolese refugees, bringing the total refugee population to 300,000 by the end of December 2018. UNHCR’s strategy response will focus on the provision of physical and legal protection to refugees and lifesaving assistance. The Office will continue advocating and supporting the local authorities for the inclusion of refugees in national programme and services.