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South Sudan Refugees Relocated from Lamwo Over Limited Space :: Uganda Radionetwork
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South Sudan Refugees Relocated from Lamwo Over Limited Space

John Bosco Kyaligonza, the Refugee Desk Officer for Lamwo District revealed that they are currently transporting the refugees to other refugee settlements in Arua and Adjumani where there are still available spaces.
South Sudan refugees carrying relief food distributed by World Food Programme (WFP) IN Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Kiryandongo district.

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The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has started the relocation of new South Sudan Refugees arriving at Palabek Refugee Settlement in Lamwo District to the West Nile region.

The move follows concerns about limited space at the refugee settlement amidst the continued influx of refugees fleeing civil unrest and hunger from the neighboring South Sudan.

According to officials, between 80-100 refugees cross into Lamwo District on a daily basis from South Sudan, a move that is exerting pressure on the environment and social services provision.

John Bosco Kyaligonza, the Refugee Desk Officer for Lamwo District revealed that they are currently transporting the refugees to other refugee settlements in Arua and Adjumani where there are still available spaces.

Kyaligonza has however called on the OPM and humanitarian aid agency United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to intervene and make an assessment of where they can continue settling the growing refugee population.

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Titus Jogo, the Refugee Desk Officer for Adjumani District told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that more than 1,000 new arrivals have so far been relocated since early May when the exercise kicked off.

Jogo says the excess refugees are being settled at Palorinya Refugee settlement in Obongi District adding that the area still has space to host some more 20,000 new refugees.

District leaders in Lamwo have however expressed willingness to donate more land to accommodate more South Sudan refugees arriving in the country.

The Palabek Ogili Sub-County Chairperson Christopher Omal notes that Palabek Ogili Sub-county still has more land to host about 100,000 refugees.

He however says whereas the locals are willing to offer their land, the responsible authorities should take the right procedures in acquiring it to avoid future tension.

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The Lamwo LCV Chairperson Sisto Oyet revealed that they identified two locations he didn’t disclose for the proposed establishment of a new refugee settlement have already been surveyed by OPM.

Oyet says they are yet to wait for the green light from OPM if they will agree to their proposal.

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The Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness, and Refugees Hillary Onek during the celebration to mark World Refugee Day in Lamwo District on Tuesday noted that the growing number of refugees in the country is exerting immense pressure on the environment.

He noted that with the continued dwindling fund for refugee management in the country, the government is considering taking a bold step to review its open-door policy for refugees. 

Palabek refugee settlement was opened in 2017 and was meant to host some 60,000 refugees but currently accommodates 79,000 according to the latest statistics from the OPM.