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June 25, 2017 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese refugees have condemned the lack of health care services and the continued shortage of food within the resettlement camps.
The refugees have calling on world leaders to urgently support the Ugandan government to help fight the current crisis.
Nearly a million refugees have arrived in Uganda since the crisis erupted in Juba in July 2016, leaving Uganda as the country putting up with the largest number of refugees in the continent.
June 15, 2017 (KAMPALA) – The first batch of 49 health workers from South Sudan has completed diploma courses in Kampala, Uganda.
The batch, which comprised of clinical officers, registered nurses and midwives, completed three years of training at Mengo hospital in Kampala.
The graduates from International Christian Medical and Dental National (ICMDN) Institute of Health Sciences in South Sudan’s Jonglei state relocated to Uganda due to insecurity and conflict.
March 6, 2016 (KIRYANDONGO) - South Sudanese refugees in resettlement camps in Uganda have turned to agriculture to raise incomes for school needs for their children.
Nearly 100,000 South Sudanese fled their homes into Uganda after violence broke out in the nation following political disputes in the ruling party (SPLM).
James Maker Ter, is one of those who wakes up every day to go to clear weed from his farm. During holidays, Maker and his five children struggle to expand agricultural farms.
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
January 26, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan rebel movement, SPLA-in Opposition (SPLM-IO) and Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) have agreed to work together on peace and other political matters.
According to a press release SPLM-IO leader, Riek Machar issued on Tuesday an agreement was reached to work to start a new page in relations between the two sides.
July 8, 2015 (TORIT) - South Sudan rebel forces under the country’s former vice president, Riek Machar, have urged the citizens in Nimule town, at the border with Uganda, and other border towns to evacuate from the strategic towns along the South Sudan-Uganda border with immediate effect.
According to Lt. Col. James Lokudu, who spoke on behalf of the SPLA [IO] forces under the overall command of Maj.Gen. Martin Kenyi, the rebels attacked Nimule on Saturday night to test the strength of government troops in the area, saying a serious attack was underway.
January 10, 2015 (KAMPLA) - South Sudanese refugees in Uganda have asked government to prioritise peace and stability in the young nation before organising this year’s elections set for June.
Several refugees Sudan Tribune spoke to doubt possibilities of holding free and fair polls in the country.
Martha Nyawuora, 25, said government’s main priority should be peace to enable the displaced population return to their homes.
July 16, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Refugees at a resettlement camp in Uganda’s Kiryandongo district have accused the South Sudanese government of intimidation, saying they feared for their own safety.
The accusation came after team of officials from the embassy of South Sudan in Kampala flew to the camp on Wednesday to conduct training between members of the Dinka and Nuer tribes.
June 21, 2014 (ADJUMANI) – The recent formation of refugee welfare committee has led to decline in violence-related cases among South Sudanese refugees currently living in Uganda, officials from the prime minister’s office disclosed Friday.
The committee was instituted after a refugee was killed following a physical fight with another. A separate dispute between the refugees and host communities in Adjumani district reportedly led to the death of another 18-year old boy.
May 22, 2014 (KAMAPALA) - The office of prime minister at the department of refugees in Uganda says it has registered over 31,000 urban refugees in Kampala over a period of three weeks.
Douglas Asiimwe, the senior protection officer at the refugees department desk in Kampala, told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that a huge number of urban refugees are from South Sudanese, Somalia, Congo and Eritrean.
"We are still tracking and issuing out identity cards for the refugees in Kampala after provision of three months paper expiration", added the protection officer.
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
May 4, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Internally displaced people from the Nuer ethnic group who are currently sheltering at United Nations camps in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, have demanded to be relocated to refugee camps in neighbouring countries.
In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Saturday, some members of the Nuer community in Juba argued that the South Sudanese government considers them as members of the rebel group led by former vice president Riek Machar and should be resettled to neighbouring countries to ensure absolute protection.
April 24, 2014 (RHINO CAMP) – Emmanuel Peter Gai, a secondary school student, sits at Rhino camp refugee settlement in Uganda with little hope for further education.
“Our complaint is we do not have secondary [schools] here. We people of secondary we do not have secondary [school]. We sit without education now,” says Gai.
The camp, located more than 1,000km from Uganda’s capital, Kampala currently hosts about 15,000 South Sudanese refugees who fled the violence that hit the new nation in mid-December last year, displacing an estimated over a million people.
April 16, 14(BOR) – The US government’s humanitarian agency USAID has pledged to continue support for hundreds of thousands of people in critical need due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan crisis.
Speaking to the media in Jonglei capital Bor on Wednesday, USAID’s director of foreign disaster assistance, Jeremy Konyndyk, said his government had provided substantial assistance to South Sudanese people since a political power struggle between president Salva Kir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, erupted in violence in mid-December last year.
March 25, 2014 (KAMPALA) - Medical charity Medicine sans Frontier (MSF) said on Tuesday that its health facilities for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are running out of medicine due to the high influx of people from the three-month-old conflict.
The France-base NGO says its staff numbers are insufficient to provide health care to the fast-growing camp in the Adjumani district of Uganda.
March 22, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Ugandan authorities say the country has witnessed a huge spike in the numbers of South Sudanese refugees crossing into Uganda via the Elegu border.
Douglas Asiimwe, a Ugandan refugees protection officer, told Sudan Tribune this week that some 90,000 South Sudanese refugees were currently in Uganda, with about 500 new arrivals every day.
“We receive 500 of them daily [and] that seems to be very alarming compared to previous groups who have crossed in earlier December and January,” said Asiimwe.
March 20, 2014 (ADJUMANI) – Officials from office of the Ugandan prime minister have admitted that there are tensions between some South Sudanese refugees and residents living near the settlements over access to resources.
The South Sudanese, who have been displaced by the three-month-old conflict in world’s youngest nation, are trying to work to come to an agreement over issues such as chopping down trees fire wood.
March 14, 2014 (KAMPALA) - Over 70,000 South Sudanese are registered in Uganda as asylum seekers according to office of Ugandan prime minister, with the vast majority believed to have fled the devastating conflict that began in Juba in mid-December and has spread to other parts of the world’s youngest nation.
Most of the South Sudanese who escaped the violence, which has killed an estimated 10,000 people have settled in the Uganda’s Adjumani district of the Western Nile region, as well as other parts of the Northern Uganda.
February 27, 2014 (KAMPALA) – A group of South Sudanese living in the Ugandan capital, Kampala have agitated for unity among the various tribes in the new nation, in spite of the ongoing violence that has killed thousands and displaced nearly a million.
The group, in series of interviews with Sudan Tribune, said peaceful negotiations but not gun barrels, would resolve South Sudan’s two-month conflict.
February 20, 2014 (KIRYANDONGO) – A group of South Sudanese refugees are camped at a settlement site in Kiryandongo, one of Uganda’s new districts located about 250km north of the capital, Kampala. To most of them, the dream of a home return, was still far from reality.
These refugees were among the hundreds that fled the new nation days after violence broke out in the country’s capital, Juba and later extended to Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.
February 10, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian government has issued a strong warning of a threat of a “regional conflict” in South Sudan unless the Ugandan troops withdraw from the area and avoid the trend.
Officials in the past weeks expressed their frustration over Ugandan involvement in the inter South Sudanese conflict. However, in his first direct statement against the Ugandan role, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Monday called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from South Sudan.
October 15, 2013 (KAMPALA) - Ministers from South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia have in a meeting in Kampala agreed to set up a cross border platform that aims at promoting border security and peace in the ‘‘ Karamoja Cluster’’ regions.
The cluster comprises of south western Ethiopia, north western Kenya, parts of south eastern South Sudan and north eastern Uganda.
The areas although located in different countries face a common problem of inter-tribal raids, marginalisation, remoteness, under development and insecurity.