Uganda battles overwhelming refugee crisis

Uganda refugee crisisFrom HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 900 000 South Sudanese that have fled the civil war and sought safety in Uganda are in urgent need of humanitarian support.
The scale of the refugee influx has also pushed Uganda’s progressive refugee policies to the limit, overwhelming reception conditions and the government’s ability to respond.
Thousands Sudanese are cross the border every week.
In addition, despite over 85 percent of the new arrivals being women and children, and despite widespread reports of sexual violence in South Sudan, there are very few organizations responding to their specific protection needs.
“Despite the large-scale humanitarian mobilization, the emergency response is still far from being sufficient, and many people have been left with insufficient water, food, and shelter,” said Jean-Luc Anglade, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission in Uganda.
Many newly arrived refugees are sleeping under trees while delays in food distributions and a lack of potable water have even prompted some refugees to return to South Sudan.
Following the civil war in South Sudan, Uganda now hosts more refugees than anywhere else in Africa—and more than the total number of people granted asylum in the whole of Europe in 2016.
Apart from Sudanese refugees, Uganda hosts others from neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.
Doctors said while the Sudanese arriving in Uganda were in relatively good health, many told stories of horrific violence in their place of origin or on their journey.
“As the flow of refugees shows no sign of abating, a sustained and long-term effort will be needed to assist these people over the next months, if not years,” says Anglade.
MSF has been responding to the humanitarian crisis in Uganda since July 2016.
It works in four refugee settlements.
CAJ News

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