Uganda Refugee Collection Points Stretched Beyond Capacity – UNHCR

Elegu collection point is full to the extent that it is not possible conduct a head count

The latest report from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has shown that refugee collection points in Uganda are currently stretched beyond capacity due to the increased numbers of people crossing from war ravaged South Sudan.

“The influx is severely stretching the capacity of collection points, capsule transit centres and reception centres. Elegu collection point is full to the extent that it is not possible conduct a head count, approved ” the report reads in part.

Since the eruption of the clashes between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and first Vice President Riek Machar, over 26,000 people have crossed into Uganda’s northern region, including 24,321 in the previous six days alone.

“On Thursday, an estimated 8,337 refugees crossed in to Uganda from South Sudan, a new record high since the influx began and in 2016. An estimated 6,500 crossed in Elegu, 659 in Moyo, 156 in Lamwo and 642 in Oraba while 380 arrived in Kiryandongo Reception Centre,” the report further reads.

“On Wednesday night, more than 7,000 people slept at Elegu collection point, significantly beyond its 1,000-person capacity. Similarly, Kuluba collection point is hosting 1,099 refugees, compared to its 300-person capacity. Torrential rains are further hampering registration efforts.”

The report also indicates that more than 90 per cent of people crossing to Uganda are mainly women and children.

According to UNHCR, new arrivals in Adjumani District report continued fighting between the two forces and that armed gunmen continue to loot properties, forcibly recruit boys and young men, and murder civilians in Magwi.


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