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Fresh Influx of Refugees at Elegu Ignites Row

John Bosco Ocan, the Atiak LCIII Chairperson confirmed the development saying the refugees have resisted vacating the land and have also begun destroying nearby forests in search of firewood. Besides, the place is littered with human waste because of the limited latrine coverage, Ocan adds.
A row has erupted between residents of Elegu Parish in Atiak Sub County, Amuru district and a new group of refugees who fled from South Sudan over tribal differences and settlement space.

Over 400 refugees mostly of Madi tribe are reported to have fled into the region through Nimule border point into Uganda following threats of a fresh war by a rebel group led by Brigadier Martin Kenyi.

Leaders at Elegu border post have confirmed that a number of refugees have encroached onto private land causing panic and insecurity amongst the residents.

Martin Okoba, LCI Chairperson, Elegu B parish says they have so far failed to settle the woes between the two factions. He adds that they have called for the intervention of the district authorities in order to avert a calamity that may arise out of the ambiguity.

John Bosco Ocan, the Atiak LCIII Chairperson confirmed the development saying the refugees have resisted vacating the land and have also begun destroying nearby forests in search of firewood. Besides, the place is littered with human waste because of the limited latrine coverage, Ocan adds.

Amuru Resident District Commissioner, Nabinson Kidega, however said they are going to follow the matter accordingly to relocate the refugees to where they are supposed to be to avoid clashes.

He however advised the locals against picking up fights minus involving the relevant authorities for appropriate action.

Over 2, 000, refugees sought refuge at Elegu Refugee Transit center in Amuru district early this year, following months of fighting in South Sudan.

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