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South Sudanese Refugees Hits 30,000 Mark :: Uganda Radionetwork
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South Sudanese Refugees Hits 30,000 Mark

Dr. Sam Omara, the head of the OPM Resource Center, says their offices in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryadongo districts have been receiving refugees each day since July 07th when fighting broke out in Juba.
The number of South Sudanese fleeing the recent skirmishes in their country into Uganda has reached 30,000, according to a report from the Office of the Prime Minister-OPM.

 

 

Dr. Sam Omara, the head of the OPM Resource Center, says their offices in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryadongo districts have been receiving refugees each day since July 07th when fighting broke out in Juba.

 

 

He says more than 7000 South Sudanese refugees crossed into Uganda on July 18th alone. Dr. Omara says some of the refugees have been resettled at Elegu in Adjumani, Rhino Camp in Arua and Kiryadongo district among others.

According to Omara, the growing number of refugees is likely to increase pressure on the available infrastructure. He discloses that the OPM has teamed up with humanitarian agencies such as United Nations High Commission for Refugees-UNHCR to address the situation.

 

He says UNHCR has already distributed kits and farm implements to some of the refugees to help them settle and grow their own food. Titus Jogo, the Adjumani District Refugee Desk Officer, says currently the refugees are facing the challenge of water access because of the prolonged drought.

 

Although South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and his first Vice President Riek Machar called for a unilateral cease fire, tension remains high in the country. This prompted countries such as Uganda and Kenya to evacuate their nationals until the situation returns to normal.

At least 21,000 people including Kenyan and Ethiopian nationals were evacuated by the Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF.

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