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Nine Refugees Arrested for Rioting Over Delayed Food Supply :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Nine Refugees Arrested for Rioting Over Delayed Food Supply

Over 200 refugees at the camp turned rowdy when a team from the Office of the Prime Minister and the UN refugee agency UNHCR visited the camp for a data verification exercise. The refugees accused humanitarian agencies of delaying their food distribution and starving them.
Nine South Sudanese refugees are detained at Yoro Base Camp police detention centre for participating in riots at Omugo Refugee camp.

The nine were picked up after vandalizing property belonging to World Vision and other Refugee agencies during protests that paralyzed business in the camp on Wednesday.

Over 200 refugees at the camp turned rowdy when a team from the Office of the Prime Minister and the UN refugee agency – UNHCR visited the camp for a data verification exercise. The refugees accused humanitarian agencies of delaying their food distribution and starving them.

The scuffle forced OPM and UNHCR officials to run for their life while some of them escaped with injuries. The refugees reportedly went ahead destroying two computers for the biometric registration, a printer and vandalized a health centre and some office buildings at the camp.

The rioting refugees also invaded a kitchen and ate all the food for new refugee arrivals.  Information by the area leaders indicates that the refugees had not received their portions for at least two weeks.

Omugo refugee settlement camp was created last year to accommodate the excess number at Imvepi refugee settlement. It currently hosts 500 refugees.

Josephine Angucia, the police spokesperson for West Nile region declined to divulge details about the arrested persons but said that they are still undergoing interrogation pending transfer to Arua Central Police Station.

She says the refugees are accused of theft and malicious damage to property for breaking into the stores of World Food Program, and stealing wheelbarrows, hoes, slashers, computers, tarpaulins, spraying Cans and food items.

Meanwhile Solomon Osakan the Refugee Desk Officer Arua says the rioting refugees will have to go without food until they recover or establish data about them. In an earlier encounter, several refugees in Yumbe and Arua camps complained of inadequate food, poor diet and long delays by the humanitarian agencies to distribute food.

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