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AT LEAST 6 DIED IN FIGHTING BETWEEN DINKA REFUGEES & HOST COMMUNITY IN RHINO CAMP ARUA, UGANDA

Arua, 12 September 2020; At least six South Sudanese refugees have been killed in clashes with the host community in the Rhino Camp refugee in Arua West Nile region northern Uganda. 

An eye witness who declined to be named said community-fighting which started between two children one from the host community and the other from the refugee community of Dinka has resulted in a deadly fight living six members from the Dinka community dead and score others were seriously injured. 

The eyewitness told this publication several huts have been torched, and some refugees have sought safety in the compounds of NGOs and UN organizations in the camp. While some host community has left their homes in fear that fighting will escalate further.  

According to the eyewitness the deadly fighting happened in an area called Tika One village, he said the fighting started after a child belonging to a refugee family reportedly fought with another child of the host community. 

This publication couldn't independently verify the claim, however, our source said it appears both parents have backed their children, that was the way how fighting escalated on Friday evening. 

Source from lower Madi Okollo police indicated that 13 suspected have so far been arrested to aid police investigation. 

This is the second incident in an interval of three months, a similar incident happened in Paloronyi refugee, Obongi District in June between Kuku and Nuer community in which several people were said to have died. 

In 2018, in Ayilo Refugee camp Adjumani District, the Madi host community, and Dinka refugee clashed after three Dinka men were said to have gang-raped, murdered, and thrown into the water the remains of a 13-year old Madi girl from the host Madi community. 

In 2019, a similar attack happened between Dinka refugees and their host Madi community in Nyumanzi refugee camp, Adjumani District. The cause of the fighting, the host alleged the Dinka community of killing a local man in Nyimanzi trading, in retaliation the host attack the Dinka using arrows and bows, according to the local sources unknown numbers of people were believed to have been killed before the invention of Ugandan police and other security organs. 

Opio Okello Onen 

SSLN 

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