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UGANDA HOSTING LARGE REFUGEE POPULATIONS, STRUGGLING TO COPE WITH INFLUX

KAMPALA-- Over the last four years, persistent conflict and unrest in South Sudan has resulted in high levels of displacement which has forced more than a million of its people to flee to neighbouring Uganda.

Uganda, which has been allowing the displaced from South Sudan -- and from other neighbouring countries -- to find refuge within its norders, now says it is struggling to keep up with the influx.

Uganda has offered a place of safety to more than one million refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan since July of last year. The refugee population in Uganda increased by 44 per cent in 2017, making it one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.

More than 85 per cent of the refugees who have come into Uganda are women and children.

And while Uganda has been praised for its open door policy where it provides food, medical care, education and also land to refugees, it is struggling to accommodate the ever-increasing number.

Besides the displaced frem South Sudan, Uganda also hosts large refugee populations from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi.

The United Nations Refugee Agency says it has received just about 21 per cent of the 674 million US dollars needed for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda in 2017.

Fraud in aid operations has also hampered efforts with donors suspending funds.

And as the South Sudanese conflict continues, the refugees keep coming.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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