the issue of the Congolese in Kampala

In Uganda, more than a few days before the presidential election, scheduled for January 14, 2021. President Yoweri Museveni is running for a sixth term. In front of him, the singer turned his opponent Bobi Wine. And the violence surrounding the election is of particular concern to Congolese refugees living in Kampala. Some fear that the protesters will turn against them.

as reported from Kampala, Lucie Mouillaud

In her small apartment in the middle of the Congolese district of Nsambya, Inès, a refugee in Uganda for several years, made her decision. For the election, there is no question for her to stay in Kampala: “I am afraid, that is why I want to leave Kampala for the election. I’m going back to camp. Because the president is there, we therefore have peace here. They say, just wait, he’s coming out, you’ll see what’s going to happen. ”

«På t’insulte»

Many Congolese living in his neighborhood fear being affected by the violence surrounding the election. It’s about patience: the impression for many Ugandans that refugees support President Yoweri Museveni. “First of all, she says, ‘we say that Museveni supports the Congolese a lot, that’s what scares us. Even if you go to the market, they even insult you, they say you are a refugee, a Congolese reader who emphasizes us a lot. So it scares us to be Congolese and refugee in Uganda. “

Stock up and stay home

In the absence of funds, patience will not leave Kampala before the election. Neither does his neighbor, Babiche. He prefers to make sure he can live in his apartment: “The only way is to stay home and never go out. Because this is not our country, where are we going. Better to stay home, close all the doors to the house and spend all your days at home. ”

According to UN figures, more than 70,000 refugees, mostly Congolese, South Sudanese and Burundians, live in the capital, Uganda.

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