At least 3,000 South Sudanese refugees, who have spent two months at Nyumanzi Reception Centre in Dzaipi Sub-county in Adjumani District, have been transferred to two new refugee settlements.
The new arrivals are those who entered into the district from mid-June to-date.
Some of the refugees would be settled at Ayilo II in Pakele Sub-county while others will occupy Mungula Refugee Settlement Camp in Itirikwa Sub-county, according to authorities.
The refugee desk officer in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Mr Titus Jogo, said they have already demarcated plots in the two sub-counties and it will be allocated to the refugees during the ongoing gap filling.
He said: “There was need to settle all the refugees in the designated settlement camps for easy supervision and avoid congestion in the camps.”
According to the OPM, there are seven old and six new refugee settlement camps across Adjumani District which is home to more than 80,000 South Sudanese refugees.
Data obtained from the OPM showed that, up to now, on average, the district receives more than 50 refugees on a daily basis while in a month, the number can rise up to 1,500.
Mr Michael Deng, one of the refugees, said transferring them to a new refugee settlement camp will allow his family to take part in backyard farming which will supplement the food ratio they get from the refugee agencies. “We have encountered a lot of challenges at the congested reception center. I am happy that, we are shifting to a new home which is spacious,” Mr Deng said.