Uganda bears brunt of neighbour’s crisis
From GERALD BUSINGE in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA (CAJ News) – THE uncertainty and conflict in South Sudan has presented neighbouring Uganda with a catastrophe as refugee centres burst beyond their carrying capacities.
Fleeing to Uganda, thousands fear the clashes between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar.
About 27 000 people have crossed into Uganda’s northern region, including 24 000 last week.
Ninety percent are women and children.
The influx is stretching the capacity of collection points, transit centres and reception centres.
Elegu is so full that it is impossible conduct a head count, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
New arrivals are based on analysis of daily trends.
Last Wednesday night, more than 7 000 people slept at Elegu, significantly beyond its 1 000-person capacity.
Kuluba, another collection point, hosts 1 100 refugees, compared to its 300-person capacity.
A Defense Force convoy evacuating Ugandan nationals from South Sudan arrived on Friday with an unspecified number of civilians.
Prior to the crisis, Uganda was home to almost 511 000 refugees, the highest number in the country’s history.
– CAJ News
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