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Refugees Petition UNHCR, OPM over Unsafe Water

Michael Wani, the vice chairperson of refugee welfare council says since aid agencies suspended the supply of safe water to camps, refugees are now using unsafe water fetched from distant areas and shared between refugees and uncomfortable communities.
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More than 15,000 south Sudanese refugees in Rhino Camp refugee settlement camp in Arua have petitioned the office of the Prime Minister and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) over the lack of safe water in the camp.

Michael Wani, the vice chairperson of refugee welfare council says since aid agencies suspended the supply of safe water to camps, refugees are now using unsafe water fetched from distant areas and shared between refugees and uncomfortable communities.

Wani fears that the development will not only aggravate conflict but is likely to lead to an outbreak of disease.  He appeals to UNHCR and the government through the office of Resident District Commissioner to address the problem in order to avert a possible crisis that many arise out of using unsafe water.

Scovia Bitani, a mother of four says the only borehole they had at the camp has broken down and their call for its repair has failed to yield result. The Borehole was the main source of water for the population in area.

But Arua Resident District Commissioner, Peter Debele says the Rhino Camp belt is not good for drilling boreholes. He observes a need for all agencies to come together and think about lasting solutions other than drilling of more boreholes that keep drying up.

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Meanwhile Naima, Wesarm, the Country representative of UNHCR in Uganda, says the district needs to integrate the refugees into its development plans so that service planned for the locals can also target refugees. She says as UN refugee agencies will rely on the district development and the national development plans to provide support.

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A similar crisis has been reported in Adjumani district where more than 50,000 south Sudanese refugees are hosted.

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