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Daily influx of refugees from South Sudan into Uganda continues to fall sharply over the last seven months. Titus Jogo, the Adjumani district refugee desk officer, says the decline is attributed to improving food security situation in the youngest East African country. He says on average, daily influx stands at 170 refugees compared to more than 500 people who arrived daily between January and May this year.

Daily influx of refugees from South Sudan into Uganda continues to fall sharply over the last seven months.
 
Titus Jogo, the Adjumani district refugee desk officer, says the decline is attributed to improving food security situation in the youngest East African country. He says on average, daily influx stands at 170 refugees compared to more than 500 people who arrived daily between January and May this year.
 
Jogo says those entering arrive through three reception centres at Ngom Oromo in Lamwo district, Elegu in Amuru district and Lifoli in Moyo district.
 
"Statistics from the three border points indicate that 100 people arrive daily through Ngom Oromo, 50 through Elegu while at least 20 others enter through Lifoli daily," he told URN on phone.
 
Refugees received at Elegu border point and Lifoli are re-settled in large settlements in Arua district while those from Ngom Oromo are taken to Palabek refugee settlement in Palabek Ogili Sub County in Lamwo district.
 
Michael Awer, a South Sudan refugee who entered Uganda in September from Juba, says the most insecure parts of South Sudan include Wau, Pagak and Jonglei while Juba is relatively peaceful since the beginning of the year.
 
David Apollo Kazungu, the commissioner for refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister says the country is enjoying a lull in fighting between government and rebels.
 
Kazungu says the reduced daily influx is a relief on the stretched emergency humanitarian envelop adding that efforts are being redirected to social services including health, education, agriculture and other livelihood programmes.
 
United Nations refugee agency -- UNHCR -- says the total number of persons displaced by the conflict in South Sudan in settlements in Uganda stands at more than two million.
 
The civil war which erupted in December 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of his former deputy Dr Riek Machar took an ethnic undertone claiming thousands of people and displacing up to 1.3 million.
 
A severe food crisis which resulted from crop failures worsened the humanitarian situation forcing millions into displacement. The situation remains precarious with sporadic flare of fighting across South Sudan.
 

 

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