By Okaba Patrick
Arua. The Bishop of Nebbi Catholic diocese, Sanctus Lino Wanok, has asked the South Sudanese refugees living in the camps to avoid further conflicts but ensure that they live in peace.
The South Sudanese refugees in the camps have in most cases engaged in fights especially at water points, food distribution centers and conflicts inclined to tribal sentiments, a factor that is also driving more from South Sudan to seek refuge in Uganda.
While handing over household items, scholastic materials and iron sheets with a donation from Caritas, Bishop Wanok said over the weekend at Rhino Camp settlement that: “I ask you to live in peace, harmony and love one another to portray good relationship. Avoid more conflicts when you are here.”
He therefore asked southern Sudanese refuges living in camps to engage in production of short term crops to alleviate poverty and avoid food insecurity.
“Government and organizations will not give food every day to you, use the empty land near you to produce short term food crops to avert hunger,” Bishop Wanok said.
The representative of Southern Sudanese at the Eden refugee camps, Mr Samuel Simon Albino says much as they are getting relief in Uganda, they still have challenges in education and health sectors which need to be addressed.
Albino said their children with special need lack leaning materials and facilities to support their education program at the camps. “Our children with special needs are left unattended too and their learning materials are not there in camps,”Albino said.
He urged the organizations supporting the education of the refuges children in camps to provide conducive learning facilities in various camps.
The Shs 100 million items donated were beans, house hold items, solar, iron sheets and scholastic materials, Posho, sugar, building materials and blankets. As a result of some skirmishes in the camps, police posts have been established in the camps in order to solve problems arising from the refugees.
The LC3 Chairman of Rigbo Sub-county, Wilson Agele, said: “There is biting poverty in the community hosting refuges, government should increase funding to the refuges host community for easy implementation of the programs. Religious leaders should not only support the refugees spiritually but also they need material support where government alone cannot provide.”
Rhino Camp refuges settlement is home to over 87,000 South Sudanese refugees.