Ugandan Authorities Grappling With Influx of South Sudanese Refugees

January 12, 2014 2:39 pm0 comments by:
Civilians fleeing to UN compound. Photo: UNMISS

Civilians fleeing to UN compound. Photo: UNMISS

Kampala Sunday, January 12, 2014-The Authorities in Uganda are grappling with the high influx of South Sudanese refugees displaced by the fighting.

Thousands of South Sudanese refugees have fled and crossed the border into Uganda to take refuge after weeks of fighting between the Government troops and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar.

As of Sunday morning the number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda was at 42,810 of which 25% are unaccompanied children.

Catherine Ntabadde the Uganda Red Cross-URCS Spokesperson told The Continent Observer that the Government of Uganda and the United Nations High Commission Refugees have assigned Uganda Red Cross the role of camp management of Dzaipi Transit Camp and Keri Transit Camp in Koboko

Ntabadde explains that Dzaipi camp now has 26, 394 South Sudan refugees while another in Koboko/Arua has 16, 416 South Sudan refugees

She says that Uganda Red Cross Society has deployed volunteers at Dzaipi and Keri Transit Centres to support in hygiene promotion and sensitisation.

Today more South Sudanese have crossed through Elegu and the local authorities there are verifying the figures.

Many of the Sudanese refugees are returning to camps they lived in during the 21-year Sudanese civil war, which ended in 2005.

In a related development, Government troops have retaken the oil rich town of Bentui from the rebels.

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