Geneva - UN officials say it will be difficult to improve
the safety and living conditions of a group of Congolese refugees who have fled
into Uganda following a rebel attack.
Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency,
says the Uganda Red Cross has registered more than 66 000 Congolese who crossed
the border, but "moving the refugees to safer areas is now a major
Edwards said on Tuesday the refugees are dotted across an
exposed, hilly area that's extremely cold at night, is short of drinking water
and food, and is almost completely lacking in sanitation.
He says government forces and UN peacekeeping troops are
responsible for the safety of the refugees, many of whom are reluctant to
return home because of attacks by a Ugandan-led rebel group.