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Lamwo Police Overwhelmed by Influx of South Sudanese Refugees

The Lamwo District Police Commander, Moses Eliau Osega says that the resettlement camp is being manned by only 11 police officers, which implies that each police officer serves over 3,700 refugees.
23 Apr 2019 13:15
The vast influx of refugees most of whom are children is due to hunger and renewed insurgence in South Sudan.

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The influx of South Sudanese refugees in Lamwo district is overwhelming the police.

The refugees fleeing hunger and fresh hostilities are resettled in Paluda camp located in Palabek Ogili sub-county.

Julius Kawuma, the Resettlement Camp Commandant under the Office of the Prime Minister - OPM says at least 500 South Sudanese refugees arrive in the district through Apiritii and Ngomoromo reception centres every week.

Kawuma told URN that the Paluda resettlement camp harbouring over 41,000 refugees and the number is expected to rise which requires adequate security to ensure peace and stability of both refugees and host community.

Residents have always protested against the inadequate police personnel in the camps, which has given rise to criminal activities.

The Lamwo District Police Commander, Moses Eliau Osega says that the resettlement camp is being manned by only 11 police officers, which implies that each police officer serves over 3,700 refugees.

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However, Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says that many officers retire whereas others die in line of duty and recruitment are hampered by resource limitations.

Lamwo District Resident Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega, disclosed cases of refugees turning rowdy, looting from their hosts and merchants have been recorded.

Some sub-counties in the district do not have police outpost given the manpower shortage among the police department.

However, Kidega says that over 300 recently recruited Local Defense Unit – LDUs will be deployed to reinforce the police.