Refugees from Uganda, including United Nations and foreign Embassy employees are fleeing across the border into Kenya with stories of heavy casualties and damage in the capital, Kampala.
Refugees from Uganda, including United Nations and foreign Embassy employees are fleeing across the border into Kenya with stories of heavy casualties and damage in the capital, Kampala. The Tanzanian-backed rebel forces are reported to be just four miles (nearly six kilometres) from kampala. Those who have made it to the border say most people have left the capital.
SYNOPSIS: The mass exodus from Kampala has resulted in a steady flow of refugees into the Kenya border town of Malaba. Whites who drove across the border said they had not problems leaving the capital or passing roadblocks.
Many carloads of United Nations officials and their families have crossed into Malaba in recent days. A Dutch family travelling in a U.N. landrover, decide where to go, now that they have safely left Uganda.
Many Embassy and United Nations employees were instructed not to talk with reporters in Kenya, but other refugees told of panic in Kampala. A Ugandan student said tank artillery was armed at the capital from vantage points in the hills surrounding the city and most of the population has fled to nearby villages. The student, said he had seen many Arab troops driving around kampala and many lorries loaded with dead Arab and Uganda soldiers. He claimed that when he left the city on the twenty-eighth of March, all offices were closed and cars were being commandeered by government troops trying to leave Kampala. Although white refugees said their leaving Kampala was uneventful, the Ugandan law student said he had to bribe his way through each roadblock outside the capital. A Somali refugee from Kampala said she lived close to the barracks of the Malire regiment and their headquarters had been extensively damaged by several explosions.
Among the whites leaving Uganda were employees and dependants of the French Embassy. United Nations vehicles transported the French citizens to the Kenya border.
The border patrol has been kept busy since the refugees started crossing into Kenya in large numbers.
A Japanese woman told a reporter she knew very little about the situation in Kampala.