MOYO–The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has called on the international community to do more to support the South Sudanese refugees currently settled in Uganda. He made the call today while visiting the refugees in Moyo and Adjumani districts. The Archbishop visited the refugees at Belameling Zone I in Palorinya refugee settlement centre, Moyo district and thereafter proceeded to Adjumani district. He says his visit to the refugee settlement centres was to assess challenges facing the refugee situations on the ground.
Accompanied by the Archbishop of church of Uganda his grace Stanley Ntagali, the British high commissioner to Uganda his Excellency Peter West and many other dignitaries, Welby said when he gets back to England, he will mobilise for more support to the refugees. He pledged total commitment that when he returns back to England, he will remind people for they need to support the refugee and pray for south Sudan to regain peace so that the refugees go back home. ”You will find your way where you should be. We thank Ugandans for your hospitality”, He said.
Speaking to refugees students of Itula secondary school after his visit in the Belameling Zone I, he said he had to visit the refugees to share the word and love of God with them. ”We are called by God to love and serve you, you are in a wonderful school and it was first built for the refugees”, his Grace Welby said
According to him, the bible mentions the refugees as special people to God and the people who also love special things. ”We pray for you and when we come here we see how you are studying in the schools”, he said.
Musa Echwero state minister for Relief, disaster and Refugee Affairs said one day south Sudan will be a peaceful country in the continent of Africa. ”The refugees have lost lives and their properties but you must salute God for keeping you alive. Never lost hope in you for being a refugee in Uganda”, Echwero said.
He said in the country total number of refugees now stands at 1.3million that makes Uganda the biggest country in the African Continent for hosting the Refugees. Ecweru say “There is special thing about Uganda, you are today refugee here we pick you just as any other human being with respect and dignity and as government we continue to thank the local communities of Uganda who continuously show maximum hospitality for the brothers and sisters of South Sudan”.
The Moyo district LCV Chairman, Williams Anyama said the leaders of the district are humbled by the visit of his grace Archbishop of Canterbury to enrich the relationship and regain the lost hope of the refugees which was as result of the war the broke out in the African’s youngest nation. ”We shall leave to remember this day and our souls are greatly touched by your presence and your family members”.
He added that there is need to continue working together in solidarity to respond to the challenges that are facing the refugees in the country and we need to give hope for the young people. ”We must make deliberate efforts to invest in the youth because they are the future of tomorrow. They are the ones who are going to rebuild the government of south Sudan”, he said
He noted that this can best be done by skilling them through vocational programs that will make them in better livelihoods.
The need for peace and dialogues follows a threat by the SPLMIO that there will be no peace so long as Salva Kiir remains the president. Earlier this week, the Deputy Spokesperson of SPLA-IO Gabriel Paul Lam said so long as the current status quo remained, there would be no peace and dialogue. He called on Salva Kiir to quit to pave way for meaningful dialogue.