Uganda: Emergency Update on the South Sudan Refugee Situation - Inter-Agency Weekly | 8th - 14th May 2017

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 14 May 2017


  • A total of 12,221 South Sudanese refugees arrived to Uganda on 8-14 May, making a daily cross-border average of 1,746 refugees.

  • This week registered more than 50 per cent increase in the number of new arrivals crossing through the districts of Moyo, Adjumani and Lamwo, as compared to the previous week.

  • On 9 May, the Prime Minister of Uganda Ruhakana Rugunda announced at a joint press conference with UNHCR and the Office of the Resident Coordinator that President Yoweri Museveni and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will host a Solidarity Summit on Refugees in Kampala from 22 to 23 June 2017 to galvanize international support for refugees. The Summit offers a concrete opportunity to translate into action the commitments of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, whereby 193 states of the international community pledged robust support to countries affected by large movements of refugees and migrants during the UN General Assembly’s seventy-first session on 19 September 2016.


  • Uganda continues to receive South Sudanese new arrivals. Reasons of flight remains consistent, such as fear of indiscriminate killings by the government forces, looting of property, burning of houses, torture, rape, arrest by both government and opposition forces, lack of basic services and hunger.