Joseph Ocwet, the Director-General ESO said there is recruitment of Ugandans in refugee settlements to fight the South Sudan war. He also said that hundreds of South Sudan refugees are in possession of guns from South Sudan.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees UNHCR needs 1.6 billion shillings to provide for refugees in Uganda in 2019. According to the agencys budget report for 2019, the funds will be channeled to expansion of education services, environmental protection and livelihood programmes.
The report documents evidence implicating the SPLA in intentionally killing unarmed and fleeing civilians. It shows that People who tried to defend themselves or their families had their eyes gouged out, their throats slit or were castrated. Victims were also forced to engage in unspeakable acts and some, including children were compelled to rape their family members.
At least USD 135 million 488 billion Shillings of this was provided by the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR and multiple non-governmental organizations.
The United Nations World Food Programme WFP has called upon countries and entities that do not have a history of offering aid to refugees to step on board. WFP says it needs approximately 20 million dollars per month to provide food for refugees. Uganda alone is home to more than 1.2 million refugees, majority of them from South Sudan.
In just the past year, the overall refugee population in Uganda has more than doubled from 500,000 to more than 1.25 million making the East African country host to the worlds fastest growing refugee emergency.
The contribution will enable UNICEF to provide nutritional screening for all children at refugee entry points, appropriate treatment and care for severely malnourished children, Vitamin A micro-nutrients and deworming medicine for children, and iron/folate supplementation to pregnant and breastfeeding women.
The figure comprises refugee numbers, which at 22.5 million are the highest ever seen in history, internal displacement- standing at 40.3 million people and asylum seekers now standing at 2.8 million people.
Adrienne Douglas wrote a short letter to president Yoweri Museveni thanking him and Ugandans for allowing refugees into Uganda. Douglas, a resident of Claremont, California, stated that the kindness of the president serves as an example to people all over the world.
According to estimates, some 6,000 newly displaced arrived in Lamwo district, northern Uganda last week, after an attack on the town of Pajok, some 15 kilometers across the border, and there are fears that number could rise as fighting is reported in the bordering towns of Magwi and Oboo.
Transit and reception facilities are rapidly becoming overwhelmed and there are significant challenges in providing adequate food rations, health and educational services, as well as sufficient clean water. The already dire situation has been further complicated by the onset of heavy rains.
The most affected place is Ariwa settlement, part of Bidibidi refugee settlement camp in Yumbe district, where they were taken during the dry season in November and December. However, with the onset of the rainy season, the camp presents another emergency situation for the refugee community.
More than 2,000 South Sudanese refugees have already made Imvepi their new home in the last two days. The settlement area is expected to accommodate up to 110,000 new arrivals who will flee to Uganda in the weeks and months ahead.
The latest violence in the country was sparked off by a plan to delay the presidential vote until April 2018. Lack of funds to update the existing voter register and the absence of electoral infrastructure was cited as the main reason for the delayed vote.
In one of the counts, the Inspectorate of Government contends that while employed in their respective capacities between the months of March and May 2014, the suspects connived to divert 360 million Shillings that was meant for the resettlement of refugees.
The reduction of food rations for refugees comes at the backdrop of low levels of funding, together with a large number of new arrivals fleeing to Uganda from South Sudan since 7 July, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR.