New facilities to accommodate South Sudan refugees
From GERALD BUSINGE in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE management and expansion of reception facilities as well as opening of a new settlement areas are key priorities for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Uganda as a record number of refugees troop into the country from South Sudan.
A new settlement area has been identified in Yumbe district that looks set to have the capacity to potentially host up to 100 000 people. Temporary communal shelters are also being constructed to accommodate the continuing arrivals.
Fighting in South Sudan that broke out on July 8 between rival factions loyal to President Salva Kiir and Deputy Riek Machar has to date forced 37 890 people to flee the country to Uganda.
In the past three weeks, there have been more refugee arrivals in Uganda than in the entire first six months of 2016 (33 838).
On Monday, an estimated 2 442 refugees were received in Uganda from South Sudan, with 90 percent.
The humanitarian response to the influx refugees is lacking due to severe underfunding.
The inter-agency appeal is only funded at 17 per cent, which is constraining UNHCR and its partners to provide emergency and life-saving activities only and causing limitations to the full breadth of humanitarian assistance that can be offered.
South Sudan’s conflict, which erupted in December 2013, has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering. Inside South Sudan, some 1.69 million people are displaced internally.
– CAJ News
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