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Quick Action to Aid Refugees in Uganda

Refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a camp in Uganda.

Congolese refugees in a camp in Bundibugyo, Uganda.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Populations, Refugees, and Migrations Simon Henshaw meets with relief workers at a refugee camp in Uganda.

Principal Deputy Assitant Secretary of the Bureau of Populations, Refugees, and Migrations high-fives a Congolese refugee child.

We left our hotel in Fort Portal in western Uganda for an hour and a half drive along a mountain path to Bundibugyo, near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  The drive took us through low mountains that we could make out through mist slowly transforming into rain.  It was pouring by the time we stopped by the UNHCR refugee transit center to pick up UNHCR staff. The entry way had turned to mud, immobilizing water transport trucks.

Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard had sent me to refugee sites in Kenya and Uganda to see the situation firsthand, accompanied…more