4000 South Sudan Refugees Enter Uganda Every Day, Says Gov’t

The government of Uganda has expressed concern over the increased number of refugees entering the country from the war infested South Sudan.

Speaking to the US Ambassador in Uganda Deborah Malac and other officials from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Kampala, doctor the Minister for Relief, case Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Eng. Hilary Onek said such an influx has had an effect on the resources and services in the districts of northern Uganda where they are hosted.

“We receive 4000 refugees every day from South Sudan and we are overwhelmed by this big number  who have had an impact on the services like food, patient schools and other resources like land in the area,” Eng. Onek said on Tuesday morning.

The minister explained that the ever increasing number of refugees has an impact on the health services which now have to be divided among the locals and the refugees who are coming in.

He said that the locals gave in land willingly to the refugees but noted that in the near future there might be land conflicts over the same in case the number of refugees continues at the same rate.

“We have to keep our medical personnel and services at the border to vaccinate the refugees before entering the country which has had a big impact on the health budget. We are looking at getting more support from other countries and development partners so as to be able to handle the refugee crisis.”

Eng. Onek urged countries to come up and help in the restoration of peace in Africa’s youngest nation as one of the ways to reduce on the ever increasing number of people running away from South Sudan.

More Funding

The US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac applauded Uganda for their good policy towards refugees calling upon other countries to copy it.

“We commend the Ugandan government for always keeping the doors open to refugees but we urge other countries to come to the help of refugees and fund the cause to help them,”Malac said.

She revealed that the US government has given another US25.2 million dollars on top of the 40 million dollars given last year to UNHCR to help provide services to refugees in Uganda.

Malac said that as the US tradition, their government   will continue supporting efforts to give refugees a decent life wherever they are.

According to officials from the Office of the Prime Minister, as of February Uganda has 1,064043 refugees; 482,592o f these from South Sudan.

These are scattered in the districts of Adjumani, Kampala, Kiryandongo, Moyo, Arua, Yumbe and other camps  throughout the country.

The South Sudanese conflict broke out in December 2013 due to a political power struggle between president Salva Kiir and his then deputy Riek Machar.

According to the UN and other humanitarian bodies, over 300,000 people are suspected to have died since the war broke out in 2013 whereas over one million people have fled to neighboring countries including Uganda.




Header advertisement

Header advertisement
To Top