More South Sudanese Refugees Enter Uganda

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Proscovia Nakibuuka Mbonye ,the UNICEF Communication Officer says following an inter-agency assessment mission comprising of UNHCR, Office of Prime Minister, UNICEF and other partners, a new settlement is to be opened in Yumbe district.

2,450 more South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda in the last two days, according to the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees - UNHCR. In a report issued this morning, the refugees were received at Elegu, Lamwo, Moyo, Arua and Kiryandongo districts.

This brings the number of South Sudanese in the country to 37, 890 since fresh fighting broke out in Juba on July 07th 2016. According to the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund - UNICEF, 73 percent of all new arrivals are children. 

Proscovia Nakibuuka Mbonye ,the UNICEF Communication Officer says following an inter-agency assessment mission comprising of UNHCR, Office of Prime Minister, UNICEF and other partners, a new settlement is to be opened in Yumbe district.


She says the new settlement could host up to 100,000 refugees. She says UNICEF has delivered 23 large tents to support services in health, child protection and education at Elegu, in Nyumanzi, Pagirinya, Rhino Camp, Maaji III and Oraba border in Arua. Nakibuuka expressed concern over the increase in the Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) among the refugees arriving at Elegu Reception Centre.

She said in the past four days the Global acute Malnutrition cases have increased from 3.6 to 6. 2 percent, an indication that the current arrivals have trekked longest or furthest. She said a total, 4,331 children under-five have been screened for nutrition and out of these, 270 are malnourished representing 6.2 percent, something she says is worrying.

24,191 under-five children have been de-wormed to boost their immunity while 4,815 have received Vitamin A supplements to retain nutrient contents of food and facilitate normal growth.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.