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45 South Sudan Refugees Flee Fresh Insecurity at Home

The refugees are said to have originated from Geria County, Torit State in Eastern Equatorial Province in South Sudan. They reportedly entered Uganda through Apiritii boarder-point in Madi-Opei sub-county.
Christopher Omara, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner
At least 45 refugees fleeing purported insecurity in South Sudan have entered Kitgum district, according to local officials. There is reported violence in South Sudan between various political and ethnic groups.

 

The cause of the renewed violence is still unknown. Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, Christopher Omara told URN that security officials were alerted about the arrival of the refugees during the wee hours of Thursday morning last week.

 

The refugees are said to have originated from Geria County, Torit State in Eastern Equatorial Province in South Sudan. They reportedly entered Uganda through Apiritii boarder-point in Madi-Opei sub-county.

 

According to Omara, the refugees have currently pitched camp near East Acholi Cooperative Union - EACU in Kitgum Municipality. The arrival of the new refugees comes amidst calls from South Sudanese authorities for their nationals to return home following an end to the five-year conflict between President Salva Kiir and his Deputy, Dr. Riek Machar.

 

Recently, Alberio Tobiolo, the Governor of Torit State in Eastern Equatorial Province, said South Sudanese nationals in Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic - CAR should be encouraged to return home.

Charles Okumu, the Ayaci County Commissioner in Torit State told URN that over 1000 refugees have voluntarily returned since the beginning of September, 2018 and more are still returning following calm in the country.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees - UNHCR reveals over one million registered refugees are in Uganda. The U.S State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs in its South Sudan travel advisory maintains that crime as carjacking, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies, and kidnappings are common throughout South Sudan including Juba.