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Bidibidi Riots: Errant WFP Officials Face Dismissal, Deportation

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Mark Kelly, WFP security advisor for Eastern and Central Africa, blamed the refugees for acting contrary to the laws and guidelines for refugees and more so attacking and beating WFP staff. He noted that the WFP will not tolerate any unruly behavior by the refugees
Yumbe RDC Richard Andama leading the team during the tour of the food stores at Bidibidi base camp.

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World Food Program-WFP officials accused of using unprofessional language against South Sudanese refugees face dismissal and deportation from Uganda.

On Sunday, South Sudanese refugees in Bidibidi camp in Yumbe district rampaged destroying several vehicles and property to protest the change of the food policy distribution and unprofessional language used by some WFP officials to address them.

 

On Monday, Gerald Simon Menha, the Commissioner for Refugees held a two hour's meeting with members of the Refugee Welfare Committee-RWC and different aid agencies at Bidibidi camp.

 

During the meeting, members of the Refugee Welfare Committee blamed the riots on the failure by WFP to consult the refugees and unprofessional language used by some UNHCR and WFP officials against the refugees.

 

Menha faulted WFP for failing to consult the refugees, saying it was mistake.  

 

 

//Cue in: Why are refugees ….

Cue out:….. where they belong…//

Members of the RWC accused WFP staff of using harsh language against an already traumatized group.

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//Cue in: This is decision from Kampala ….

Cue out: chairperson threatened to be killed…//


However, Mark Kelly, WFP security advisor for Eastern and Central Africa, blamed the refugees for acting contrary to the laws and guidelines for refugees and more so attacking and beating WFP staff. He noted that the WFP will not tolerate any unruly behavior by the refugees 

 

//Cue in: “He was beaten and he was hit ….

Cue out: get this food out,”//

 

The meeting resolved that security be maintained in the camp and that the remaining be tested for quality assurance and that the damaged biometric machines and internet connectivity be restored.

 

More than 300 UPDF and police officers have maintained presence in the camp to avert any chaos. Food distribution is expected to resume on Boxing Day.