Uganda Arrests Three Somalis for Illegal Border Crossing

Ugandan police have arrested three Somali nationals for entering the country illegally from Kenya, Uganda’s Daily Monitor reported Tuesday (November 11th).

Police in Tororo district are holding the infiltrators, some of whom said they attempted the crossing to escape hostile conditions in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, said Bukedi region police spokesperson Michael Odongo.

“Much as security has been beefed up at the border points, the effort has been frustrated by the existence of the porous borders which suspects use to sneak into the country,” he said.

The three first crossed into Uganda at a poorly manned border post at Kagula village and were spotted fording the Malaba River.

Kakuma has witnessed an uptick in violence over the past several weeks, while at the same time, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reduced food ration distributions in Kakuma and Dadaab camps due to financial shortfalls, Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

A fundraising campaign has been launched to resume the necessary food provision, said Ahmed Warsame, head of operations for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Dadaab.

Approximately $8.5 million is needed to provide adequate food aid in the camps, according to WFP director at Dadaab Luzi Sawi.

Source : Sabahi

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