INTRODUCTION: Uganda refugees are continuing to flee to neighbouring Kenya in the wake of a reported sectarian purge by the regime of President Idi Amin.
AERIAL VIEW AND GV Border country between Kenya and Uganda in Busia area. (2 shots)
LV Boat at Kenyan edge of Lake victoria.
LV AND SVs Ugandan refugees walking through border country. (3 shots)
CU Ugandan refugee talking to reporter. (in English)
CU Another refugee - talking to reporter. (in English)
CU Another talking to reporter. (in English)
GVs Ugandans passing through officials Busia border post into Kenya on shopping expeditions. (2 shots)
SVs AND CU Ugandans making purchases in Busia market. (3 shots)
SV Bus taking refugees away from border towards Nairobi, Kenya.
CU Sign on building "Joint Refugee Services of Kenya."
SV Refugees being received by refugee officials. (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 4-6: REPORTER: "Few of the refugees dare cross the border by day for fear of running in to Ugandan army patrols. But at night, hundreds have been escaping through bush and swamp, or in some cases by boat over the border that runs through Lake Victoria. The refugees are almost entirely members of the Christian Langi and Acholi tribes who've been systematically purged from their jobs, and imprisoned and massacred on a scale that runs into tens of thousands. Most I talked to have left relatives behind, and asked that their names be withheld to avoid reprisals."
REFUGEE: "I've had to run away because I've seen many people even more important than myself who are arrested....and killed."
SECOND REFUGEE: "I had imminent danger to my life, my property, and to my family."
THIRD REFUGEE: "They just come across you, they take you under false charges, say 'come and make statement'. After five minutes they kill you, they take away your car, they go and raid your house, they take away what you have there. This is exactly what is happening in Uganda."
REPORTER: "For obvious reasons, few of the refugees cross at official border points. Here at Busia, the frontier remains open and Ugandans who don't belong to tribes being persecuted are allowed into Kenya to buy basic foodstuffs that have now become almost impossible to obtain in the collapsed economy of Idi Amin's Uganda. Busia is also a collection point for refugees who escaped across the border in the nearby bush. From here, they embus Nairobi where they check in with United Nations and Kenyan refugee services. With thousands arriving here since January, facilities are already stretched thin, and Kenyan officials are planning to set up a refugee camp to cope with the influx."
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REPORTER: DAVID HALTON
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Uganda refugees are continuing to flee to neighbouring Kenya in the wake of a reported sectarian purge by the regime of President Idi Amin.The refugees bring with them accounts of mass murder and brutality by Uganda's notorious secret police. A Canadian reporter has been to the Kenyan-Ugandan border to file this story.