The rate of new arrivals in to Uganda remains very high, with a total of 9,286 South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda between the 22nd and 28th of February. This brings the total new arrivals in February to 65,373. The average daily rate of new arrivals this week was 1,327.
Refugees arriving in Uganda, the majority of whom are women and children, continue to report general insecurity, limited access to food and basic services, violence, rape and abuse of women and girls, arbitrary detention and indiscriminate killing and destruction of property by armed forces as reasons for fleeing their homes in South Sudan.
The majority of refugees continue to arrive into Uganda through informal border points, with some arriving in Uganda through the DR Congo to avoid roadblocks that have allegedly been set up by armed groups along the main roads to the border to prevent civilians from leaving.
Since 21st February, new arrivals continue to be relocated to Imvepi settlement in Arua district, which is now home to 5,257 South Sudanese refugees.
The UK Minister for International Development, James Wharton, visited Imvepi settlement on 23 February accompanied by the UNHCR Representative to Uganda Bornwell Kantande. Wharton reaffirmed the British government’s support to Uganda, and called upon the international community to do more to ensure stability in South Sudan and the region.
The launch of the European Union Emergency Trust Fund in Adjumani on 21 February was attended by the Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation in Uganda Michelle Labeeu, as well as representatives from government, humanitarian agencies and the diplomatic community. The project aims to support 29,935 refugees and host community members in maintaining peaceful co-existence, and will be implemented in Adjumani, Arua, and Kiryandongo districts.