9 refugees arrested in Uganda for attacking police officer


KAMPALA, Nov. 9 — At least nine refugees in northwestern Uganda have been arrested for attacking a police officer, police said in a statement on Friday.
Josephine Angucia, West Nile regional police spokesperson, said the suspects in the Omugo refugee settlement in Arua district disarmed and assaulted a police officer on Thursday as a protest against the meager amount of food given to them.
“They went ahead to hold the humanitarian service providers hostage and disarmed the constable,” said Angucia.
Local policemen are monitoring the situation, she said, adding that it was a “common scenario” at the camp.
Last year, the World Food Program announced a food aid cut by 50 percent to hundreds of thousands of refugees in the east African country due to financial constraints.
In May, at least nine refugees were arrested and charged for leading riots and damaging humanitarian agencies equipment over alleged delay of food ration supply in the same camp.

Xinhua