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Army Deployed as Refugees Riot at Bidi Bidi Camp

Military personnel were Sunday deployed at Bidi Bidi refugee camp following a violent protest over food supplies. 

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) said in a media note that the “Situation in Bidibidi zone remains tense.”

URCS said the refugees “attacked World Food Programme and World Vision vehicles and marched to the food warehouses, assaulted officials and security and looted all food.”

The rioters destroyed computers and other items there. 

Cases of refugees destroying property at camps in Northern Uganda have been common in recent years.

Police were in November compelled to arrest nine refugees for protesting and disarming a police officer at Omugo Refugee Reception Centre in Arua over food supplies.

They went ahead to hold the humanitarian service providers hostage and disarmed the constable.

URCS on Sunday said several people were injured in the scuffle.  

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“The situation remains tense but more security officials have been deployed with about 3 trucks of regular UPDF to fix the situation,” said URCS. 

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