Refugee officials say 4,000 South Sudanese are crossing into Uganda every day

Report
from UN Mission in South Sudan
Published on 16 Feb 2017 View Original

PATRICIA OKOED/FILIP ANDERSSON

The refugee office in Uganda says it has been receiving an influx of up to 4,000 South Sudanese refugees every day for the past one week. Apollo Kazungu, the commissioner for refugees in the office of the Prime Minister in Uganda, says the new arrivals are mainly women and children coming from Kajo-Keji.

The refugees are being registered at a transit site for settlement in Palorinya camp in Moyo district. Radio Miraya spoke with two ladies from Kajo-Keji, who both report dire conditions at the transit site, mentioning a lack of basic necessities ranging from food, water and shelter to toilets and medicines.

Uganda’s Commissioner for Refugees, Apollo Kazungu, says his office is aware of the precarious situation and is working to settle the arrivals and improve their living conditions and future prospects, for example by vaccinating children against preventable diseases. Most of the refugees, he says, are women and children, many of them traumatized and carrying lots of belongings, which may indicate that they are “not about to return”.