OPM-UNHCR Verification Exercise: Update, 13 October 2018
The ongoing verification of refugees in Uganda that started on 1 st March 2018, verified a total of 22,204 individuals last week bringing the total as of 13th October 2018 to 1,075,891. This represents 74.5% of the estimated target of 1.4 million registered refugees. The highest daily output was 7,538 individuals verified in a single day last week by three teams. Verification activities were suspended on Tuesday 9th October being a public holiday.
In Bidibidi, verification was completed in Zone 1 – FDP 2 on Friday 12th October. On Saturday, materials and equipment were transferred to the next and final site in the settlement, namely Zone 1 – FDP 3. Around 100 pending families from FDP 2 were scheduled to be verified in FDP 3 on the first day. With a target population of 20,632 individuals remaining, the exercise is anticipated to be completed within seven working days. An additional three days will be dedicated for absentees before the verification is officially closed in Bidibidi. Six additional staff have been deployed from Moyo to boost the capacity of the team. As of 12th October, 208,068 individuals had been verified against a target population of 287,000 individuals (72%).
In Adjumani, verification started in the last settlement of Olua on Wednesday 10th October. The heavy rainfall and large number of cases requiring litigation is putting additional pressure on the team. By Wednesday the 17th October, it is expected that the exercise will be completed. Additional couple of days may be set aside to process absentees and for mobile verification, if required.
As of 12th October, 201,256 individuals had been verified against a target population of 239,443 individuals (84%).
In Kampala, verification continued throughout the week, and on Saturday, to allow those who could not make it for verification during the week to be verified e.g. students, employees. However, the turnout is continuously decreasing despite radio announcements, involvement of refugee leaders and outreach to the communities. Regular OPM presence at litigation prevented any bottlenecks. While the exercise is scheduled to be completed on 20th October, the last day will be decided during the course of next week depending on the turnout. By the 13th October, 50,350 individuals had been verified against a target population of 103,694 individuals (49%).