Refugees arrested after boy,13, killed in fight during World Cup game


Refugees arrested after boy,13, killed in fight during World Cup game
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In Summary

  • Trouble began at half time when a man identified as Thon Majok left the video hall.
  • He then came back only to find that a Nuer man had occupied his seat.
  • Majok ordered the Nuer man to vacate the seat but he declined.

A 13-year old boy is among four people who were killed after a fight erupted in a refugee camp in Uganda during a World Cup soccer match.

Police said they have arrested 15 refugees from South Sudan in connection with the incident.

The violence took place in a camp in West Nile region at the weekend during a match between Brazil and Switzerland, said Deputy Police Spokesman Patrick Onyango.

He revealed that refugees from the Nuer ethnic group fought with those from the Dinka side.

Trouble began at half time when a man identified as Thon Majok left the video hall.

He then came back only to find that a Nuer man had occupied his seat.

“Majok ordered the Nuer man to vacate the seat but he declined. The two started fighting then each was joined by his tribesmen,” Onyango told Reuters on phone.

Authorities have decided to separate refugees from the two ethnic groups and keep them in different camps, he said.

“The security situation in the South Sudanese-dominated refugee camps has stabilized,” Onyango added.

Uganda is host to an estimated 1.4 million refugees, including more than a million from South Sudan.

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