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.
Last month, Salva Kiir and his rival, Riek Machar signed a peace deal that was to permanently ensure peace in the country. The two leaders agreed to a ceasefire within 72 hours of signing the Khartoum peace agreement following a face to face meeting.
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.
Media reports indicate that security has continued to deteriorate amid spates of instability and violence that have displaced close to four million peopleone-third of the total population of South Sudan.
The refugee settlement in Palabek Ogili sub county in Lamwo district is home to more than 34,000 people, majority of them children of school-going age. The area is serviced by just a secondary school and six pre-primary and primary schools.
Uganda is host to the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world. Since July last year, more than one million South Sudanese refugees have crossed into the country. The refugees are predominantly women and young people from farming or livestock herding communities in the war-torn country.
The pledge was delivered by Christos Stylianides, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management at the on-going Solidarity Summit on Refugees in Munyonyo. It seeks to boost efforts by the Ugandan government to deal with the refugee crisis triggered by insecurity in South Sudan.
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.
UN Resident coordinator Rosa Malango says that local governments hosting refugee communities are working on stringent budgets yet they are mandated to cater for the needs of refugees and natives in their jurisdictions. Malango was speaking during a workshop on Ugandas refugee policy at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala today.
Japanese Ambassador to Uganda Kazuaki Kameda announced the donation during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala today. He stated that the support is meant to support the massive inflow of refugees who are running from fighting, increased violence and famine in South Sudan.
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.