Tuesday May 31 2016

Locals offer land as S. Sudan refugees flee to Uganda


Following the increased influx of South Sudan refugees into Uganda, authorities in Pakele Sub-county, Adjumani District, have offered them additional land.

It is expected that the extra land will enable them to carry out small scale farming and feed their cattle.

Apart from the latest land offer, authorities in Pakele Sub-county have, through the permission of landlords, previously offered land at Ayilo 1 and 2, Boroli Ulua and Lewa for the refugees to settle on.

More land
Speaking to Daily Monitor at Boroli Refugee Camp at the weekend, Mr Welborn Kenyi, the LC3 chairperson, said his office will liaise with landlords and clan leaders in the area to offer more farming and grazing land to the refugees.

“We are one people. Let us help our brothers and sisters by making them feel at home,” Mr Kenyi said.

Mr Titus Jogo, the Adjumani refugee desk officer at the Office of the Prime Minister, welcomed the move saying the land will enable the refugees to grow food which will supplement their food ration.

Ms Jane Mesiku, the Adjumani deputy internal security officer, cautioned the refugees against gender-based violence, which she said mostly affects women and children.

She also urged the nationals to keep supporting the refugees by being friendly to them since some of them are traumatised after witnessing war in their home country.

Mr Hassan Kuku, the chairperson of Boroli refugee settlement camp, said the additional land will help the refugees to produce their own food in the near future.