600 Sudanese Cross To Kotido

Kampala (New Vision, January 20, 2000) - About 600 Sudanese herdsmen and their families have entered Kotido district, the Assistant Resident District Commissioner, Kaabong, Mr. Edward Eko, said yesterday.

He said ethnic Didinga from Lotukei had fled thewar, famine and drought in southern Sudan. He said the influx had caused an outbreak of livestock diseases in the district because the Didinga were grazing their cattle in Karenga and Kawalakol, west of Kidepo National Park.

Their families are camped at Kaabong trading centre, 72 kilometres away. "The situation is pathetic as the district does not have enough extension staff to vaccinate the Sudanese cattle," Eko said.

He said the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the Red Cross were looking after the displaced Sudanese. Eko said 82 families of ethnic Teuso had also camped in Kaabong trading centre after they were displaced by fighting between them and the Turkana on the Uganda-Kenya border.

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