Friday October 7 2016

4,000 South Sudanese refugees to be relocated

South Sudanese refugees under a tree which also

South Sudanese refugees under a tree which also shelters them at night. File Photo. 

By Martin Okudi

ADJUMANI.

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) will relocate a total of 4,000 South Sudanese refugees from Nyumanzi Transit Centre in Dzaipi Sub-county to the newly created Agojo Refugee Settlement in Ciforo Sub-county, Adjumani District.

According to a statement issued by the OPM recently, the refugees set to be relocated to the new settlement are mainly women, children and the elderly, who have lived at the transit centre for the past two months.

After the relocation exercise, government is expected to shut down the Nyumanzi Transit Centre and new arrivals will be picked from the border point at Elegu in Amuru District and transferred directly to the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement Camp in Yumbe District.

Addressing the press in his office on Tuesday, Mr Titus Jogo, the Adjumani refugee desk officer, described the upcoming relocation as an “Independence gift for the refugees”.

“We have opened roads, plots have been demarcated and refugees will be relocated any time,” Mr Jogo said.

He said by the end of August, Adjumani District had 172,000 South Sudanese refugees living in 17 settlements and more are being registered as they keep on arriving on daily basis.

Mr Mary Abio, a mother of seven from Eastern Equatorial in South Sudan expressed happiness about the relocation.

“We are tired of the congestion at the transit centre. The relocation will help us to establish our temporary structures in the new settlement,” she said.

She said the sanitation at the transit centre is appalling since the huge confined population use only a few sanitary facilities within the centre, forcing many people, especially children, to resort to open defecation.

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