Emmanuel Turyagenda, the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Commandant however told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the recent verification exercise shows the population had dropped to 65,722 refugees.
Moureen Wagubi, the Executive Director of the Institute for Social Transformation (IST), a women’s right organization says food insecurity and poverty remains key challenges refugee women are facing that ends up resulting in GBV.
The annual food security and nutrition survey conducted between March and April this year reveals that only 58.2 per cent of mothers in host communities exclusively breastfeed their children while 41.8 per cent don’t.
On Saturday URN visited and traversed the area but discovered less than 50 people at Okweche Trading Centre where the incident occurred while the entire parts of the area looked abandoned with all houses under lock, grasses eating up the compounds and no footprints visible anywhere. Many domestic animals and poultry were seen roaming the area unattended to.
Originally established in 1990, Kiryandongo Settlement was re-opened in 2014 during the South Sudanese insurgency and now hosts almost close to 60,000 refugees, majority of whom are from South Sudan. The rest are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Sudan.