The joint border monitoring report released on October 10th reveals a slight rise in influx of South Sudan refugees entering the country from 818 registered in August this year.
South Sudanese refugees at Zone 4 in Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Odravu Subcounty, Yumbe District attend a meeting recently. Photo By Julius Ocungi
A total of 900 South Sudan Refugees crossed to Northern Uganda as
of September 30th, a report from the Office of Prime Minister and United
Nations Human Rights commission UNHCR has revealed.
The joint border monitoring report released on October 10th reveals a slight
rise in influx of South Sudan refugees entering the country from 818 registered
in August this year.
The influx was recorded from the four top entry points of Elegu in Amuru
district, Ngomoromo, Awenolwi, Madi Opei and Waligo in Lamwo District.
Others are Kuluba, Oraba, Busia and Ocea in Koboko district, Gobolo, Kerwa, Keyi
and Menzere in Yumbe district all bordering the volatile South Sudan.
The report indicates 306 refugees were recorded in Koboko and 278 in Yumbe
districts while 191 crossed through Amuru and Lamwo registering the lowest, 125
Average daily influx also increased from 26 in August to 30 signalling a
difference of 14 percent according to the report.
Julius Kamuza, the Palabek Refugee Settlement Commandant, says that majority of
those fleeing especially to Lamwo district, are adults seeking reunion with
lost family members.
He notes that some are also fleeing from tribal tension back home but notes
that the situation currently is not as tense as in the past.
“Some of the refugees crossing to Lamwo are fleeing small pockets of tribal
tension, there is no much war that side now, some are following their relatives
or even spouses especially men who come to follow their wives,” Kamuza said.
Kamuza says 29 refugees crossed over the weekend from the entry points of
Ngomoromo, Waligo and Madiopei adding that they are in the process of being
relocated to the settlement centres.
Lamwo District currently hosts 51,280 South Sudan refugees in the three
settlement centres of Palabek Kal, Palabek Ogili and Palabek Gem.
Uganda hosts 848,203 of South Sudan refugees, out of which
27,141 crossed in the country this year alone.