Uganda: Emergency Update on the South Sudan Refugee Situation - Inter-Agency Weekly | 4th – 10th January 2017
7,984 refugees were received in Uganda from South Sudan between the 4th and 10th of January. After a significant reduction in the number of new arrivals towards the end of 2016, the arrival rate has again increased, with a daily average of 1,140 new arrivals.
The majority of South Sudanese refugees arrive in Uganda through informal border points, with 13 refugees arriving in Uganda through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 5,389 South Sudanese refugees have reached Uganda through the DRC to date.
The relocation of refugees to Palorinya Settlement continued, with 35,920 refugees being received in the settlement since 9th December 2016. To expedite the relocation of refugees from the reception centre to their allocated plots, biometric registration activities are being transferred to Palorinya Zone II.
Refugees cite violence and indiscriminate killing of civilians, nightly attacks on homes, looting of livestock and and property, unsubstantiated accusations of collaboration with opposition groups, fear of arrest and torture and lack of food and basic necessities as reasons for leaving South Sudan.
On 6 January, the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac, accompanied by the State Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hon. Musa Ecweru and the UNHCR Representative to Uganda Bornwell Kantande, visited Bidibidi settlement to review the South Sudan emergency response in Yumbe. The Ambassador met with refugee families and a women’s group in Bidibidi Zone 1 and listened to the refugees’ concerns. She was briefed on the progress of activities and current challenges in the settlement and delivered messages of solidarity to the refugees.