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40,000 Refugees in Lamwo Receive Free Face Masks :: Uganda Radionetwork
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40,000 Refugees in Lamwo Receive Free Face Masks

The reusable masks were on Wednesday distributed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees- UNHCR.
A South Sudanese child waiting to register as a refugee sleeps next to belongings on the ground, at the UNHCR Reception Centre in Adjumani District.

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40,000 refugees in Palabek Settlement Camp in Lamwo district have received face masks.

The reusable masks were on Wednesday distributed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR in partnership with Luther World Federation- LWF and the Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre. 

Concy Aling Tito and seven other household members in Zone One Block 2 settlement camp received the face masks.  Tito said that she was delighted by the distribution because it had become a challenge for them to access public places without face masks yet they were not available in the market.

Mercy Laker, an eight-year-old girl in Block 5, says she had on several occasions demanded her parents to buy for her a facemask in vain.  

Margaret Aloyo, the Women Representative of refugees in Palabek explained that the distribution of masks is a great effort in preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19 among the refugees.  

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Felicitas Dojillo Nebril, the UNHCR Head of Sub Office for Adjumani and Lamwo districts said that the face masks were made from Don Vocational Centre in Lamwo by 60 refugees trained in tailoring skills while UNHCR provided materials and facilitation. 

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Titus Jogo, the Refugee Desk Officer for Adjumani and Lamwo districts said that the distribution is timely since none of the refugees in the settlement camp had received face masks from the government.

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Hillary Onek, the Minister for Disaster Preparedness, however, urged the refugees and host communities to adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures and also observe the Health Ministry`s guidelines on Covid-19. 

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Lamwo becomes the third refugees hosting district to benefit from free face masks distribution by UNHCR after Adjumani and Obongi.