The office of Prime minister and United nations high commission for refugees (UNHCR) has finally confirmed their decongesting the camps by re-opening Palorinya camp.
Mr Titus Jogo, the Refugee desk officer OPM, Adjumani and Moyo said on Wednesday that the first phase will be settled at Belameling refugee settlement area with the capacity of 23 blocks and each block is demarcated to settle 100 households.
Mr Jogo also noted that the land has been demarcated for both Human settlement and agricultural production purposes. Palorinya settlement was closed a decade ago after the South Sudanese who fled the civil war in 1990’s were repatriated following the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
OPM’s Titus Jogo with officials from UNHCR at Palorinya camp. Photos by Iceta Scovin
Stanley Miseleni, the UNHCR head office Adjumani/Moyo said: “The first group of refugees will be at the site on 2nd of December without fail.”
Williams Anyama, the LCV Chairman said the struggle of the district to be given opportunities to host the refugees has finally come to reality because it was the outcry of the people.
”Before we set footsteps on the ground we need to know the key development agencies whom the district is going to work with, we pledge to harmony work with you,” Anyama said.
The LCV chairman, Williams Anyama
The districts of Adjumani, Yumbe and Arua have been overstretched with the increasing number of South Sudanese refugees. This has made management of the camps difficult. UNHCR and the government have been in talks to create more camps in Moyo in order to decongest the existing camps.
”For us to achieve all the intended plans we need to build a strong coordinated system right from the start, we need to share understanding and division of work without suspension because everything we are doing is not done for ourselves other than human kind,” Anyama said.
Some of the South Sudanese refugees upon arrival in Moyo recently.
The district council has already endorsed allocation of jobs of about 70 percent for the locals who would be employed in the camps.
But their stay and quest for peace in their country did not last and some of them are back into Uganda seeking for safe haven. Attacks on families in South Sudan has continued in various parts as some rebel groups formed within the country has made life uncomfortable for the locals.