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OPM-UNHCR Verification Exercise: Update, 20 October 2018

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The ongoing verification of refugees in Uganda that started on 1 st March 2018, verified a total of 17,428 individuals last week bringing the total as of 20th October 2018 to 1,088,415. This represents 75.3% of the estimated target of 1.4 million registered refugees. The highest daily output was 5,374 individuals verified in a single day last week.

The verification exercise was concluded in Adjumani on Tuesday 16th October with a total of 203,392 individuals verified. This represents 85% of the target population of 239,443 individuals. The exercise that started on 23rd April covered all Adjumani settlements. For the remainder of the week, the team carried out mobile verification in protection houses, hospitals and prisons.

In Bidibidi, verification started in the last site in the settlement – Zone 1, FDP 3. A high turnout was noted on the first day but then started to decrease an indication that the exercise would be concluded soon. OPM and UNHCR agreed to intensify the mobilization in the last villages and Monday the final day for verification in Bidibidi will be decided. So far, 77% of the target population has been verified.
In Kampala, the daily turnout continues to be very low despite additional efforts on mobilization. The verification site remained open on Saturday to allow students and others to be verified over the weekend. However, over the period of six days, only 1,583 individuals were verified, majority being Congolese. In light of the low attendance, the verification team has operated at reduced capacity and the final day has been agreed by OPM-UNHCR as Wednesday 24th October. Meanwhile, even new arrivals are admitted for verification but they will not be counted against the verification results but will be included in the overall active population figure.