Diseases claim 6 minors in Uganda camps
From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – AT least six children have died in recent days at Ugandan camps housing thousands of South Sudan refugees that have fled the war in their country.
The deaths in the refugee camps in northern Uganda’s Arua District have been attributed to acute diarrhea and malaria.
Humanitarian agencies warned the situation in the camps might worsen because of pros sanitation, the onset of the rainy season and insufficient funds to cater for the burgeoning population of refugees that seeks camps exceeding their carrying capacity.
The refugees, mostly from Yei in the southwest, have fled fighting between government forces and armed groups in the world’s newest country.
The main road linking Uganda and South Sudan is impassible because gunmen are blocking it.
Most people fleeing Yei pass through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) before crossing into Uganda, a distance of about 50 kilometers.
Fighting broke out six months ago in the Yei River State’s Morobo, Lainya and Kajo Keji counties.
Last month, the United Nations said about 100 000 Yei residents were stranded in the town with no means of escape.
More than 1 million have fled the country since the onset of fighting in 2013, two years after independence from Sudan.
– CAJ News
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