More Sudanese Refugees Arrive in Arua, Adjumani

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Solomon Osakan, the refugee desk officer at the Arua Office of the Prime Minister OPM, said 86 people were taken to Ocea reception centre in Rhino Camp settlement on Thursday.

At least 86 more people from South Sudan have fled to West Nile districts of Arua and Adjumani following renewed clashes in the Western Equatoria state.

According to reports that clashes are be between the Dinka nomadic cattle keepers and mostly Moru cultivators in the region.

Solomon Osakan, the refugee desk officer at the Arua Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), said 86 people were taken to Ocea reception centre in Rhino Camp settlement on Thursday.
Lt. Ronald Ovon, the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) spokesman in West Nile says earlier this week, the army intercepted four fleeing South Sudanese nationals and also handed them over to the OPM.

Previously, Western Equatoria has largely been quiet as the violence sparked by the country's warring factions - President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar was confined to the states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

Osakan says the latest unrest in the state resulted from the Dinka nomads grazing their cattle in residents' crop gardens, prompting an armed response from the cultivators in Maridi and Mundri counties.

According to reports from the Uganda Border with South Sudan in Koboko, armed forces from Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) - have been deployed in Kaya, to intercept any fleeing persons.

The South Sudan government has reportedly created an internally displaced people's camp in Yambio where it wants refugees to settle under the SPLA protection.

The latest incident comes after more than 15,000 South Sudanese refugees in Rhino Camp settlement in Arua had hoped for an end to the conflict in their young country so that they can return home.

Osakan says schools; water supply and health facilities have been established at the various satellite camps within the Rhino Camp cluster, using the funds provided by European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil protection department (ECHO). He also says World Food Programme has also stockpiled some food items for the newcomers.

According to information from the office of the Prime Minister most refugees in the settlement in Arua are South Sudanese but there are some from Darfur and Kordofan in Sudan and others from Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, DR Congo and the Central African Republic. Ends


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.