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Refugee Women Decry Being Abandoned by Husbands

Mercy Atim, a social worker at Imvepi Refugee settlement says cases of women being abandoned by their husbands have become common forcing some of the women to consider extra marital affairs to provide for their families.
Some of the Refugees with Children waiting for help at OPM offices in Arua City.

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Refugee women in Arua city and camps in Terego district have complained of being abandoned by their spouses. The women say that they are unable to fend for their families because of the biting poverty in the absence of their husbands.  

Currently there are over 300,000 refugees in Arua City. However, most of them are facing hard times because most of the family heads left for South Sudan with little or no hope of returning to their families in Uganda. 

Joyce Kaddu, one of the refugee women struggling with five children in Arua town, says that life has become very hard for her and the children because her husband left for South Sudan over three months ago.    

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John Kenyi a member of the Refugee Welfare Council Zone Three-RWC in Imvepi settlement says the situation has forced some women to resort to drinking alcohol and conning people for survival. 

Kenyi calls on aid workers to extend support to the women who have been abandoned by their spouses.     

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Mario Lagu, another member of the Refugee Welfare Council Zone Three-RWC in Rhino Camp settlement has condemned the decision of some men to abandon their families in Uganda without any help. 

He appeals to the refugees living in town to move to the camps so that they can be helped to do agriculture and other income generating activities.  

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Mercy Atim, a social worker at Imvepi Refugee settlement says cases of women being abandoned by their husbands have become common forcing some of the women to consider extra marital affairs to provide for their families.   

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Solomon Osakan, the Refugee Desk Officer in Arua told URN that refugees who have opted to live in towns other than the camps are not the responsibility of the Office of the Prime Minister. 

He says the refugees cannot be even admitted in the camps because the government has suspended providing asylum to refugees who left on their own for South Sudan.  

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Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, many aid agencies have withdrawn support from the refugees citing dwindling donor support. The reduction of food aid from WFP has worsened the situation.   ,  

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