Uganda reaches unwanted refugee milestone

South Sudanese refugeesFrom HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) –THE international community has been urged to fulfil promises of financial aid to Uganda and help support multitudes of refugees.
The appeal comes after an announcement that one million South Sudanese refugees are now in the country.
The figures make Uganda the country with the highest number of refugees in Africa.
Over 64 percent of refugees are children under the age of 18. Together with women, they make up 86 percent of the entire refugee population in Uganda.
Driven by the ongoing violence in South Sudan, refugees have been entering Uganda in their thousands, especially since the spread of the conflict to formerly peaceful areas after July 2016.
Rights groups have documented evidence of unlawful killings, rape, detention, torture, and the use of food as a weapon of war among human rights violations in South Sudan.
These have been drivers of forced displacement into neighboring Uganda.
“This unhappy one-million milestone must serve as a wake-up call to the international community that much more is needed from them,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director.
She said other countries must share the responsibility to alleviate pressure on Uganda.
“Failure to do so undermines Uganda’s progressive refugee policy and could result in an even worse humanitarian crisis than we are currently witnessing.”
Uganda has one of the most progressive refugee policies in the world.
Refugees enjoy all the rights as Ugandans apart from voting.
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