Monday, 5 June 2017

Uganda at Breaking Point with Refugee Crisis

The United Nations has warned that Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 refugees pour into the country each day from South Sudan, fleeing violence and famine.

"Uganda cannot handle Africa's largest refugee crisis alone," Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Kampala.

"The lack of international attention to the suffering of the South Sudanese people is failing some of the most vulnerable people in the world."

Uganda's Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, said the surge in refugees had placed "enormous strain" on public services and infrastructure, with food and clean water running short.

"We continue to welcome our neighbours in their time of need but we urgently need the international community to assist," Rugunda said.

Refugees receive small plots of land in host communities when they arrive to help support themselves.

A spokesman for UNHCR said that Uganda's approach to dealing with refugees had been among the most progressive on the continent, with the government and host community displaying outstanding generosity towards people fleeing war and conflict.

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South Sudan’s refugee crisis now world’s fastest growing, Uganda and region in critical need of help. (UNHCR)

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