More Ugandans Returning Home from Juba

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Moses Asiku, the assistant manager of Eco bus, says more people are waiting for transport to leave Juba on a daily basis.

Several Ugandans are still returning home from Juba following weeks of intense fighting in South Sudan.

The Ugandans who missed the general evacuation exercise undertaken by the Uganda Peoples Defence forces-UPDF are now using public transport to come home. UPDF repatriated up to 50,000 civilians.

Moses Asiku, the assistant manager of Eco bus, one of the buses now plying the Kampala-Juba route, says more people are waiting for transport to leave Juba on a daily basis.  Eco bus made a return journey to Juba on Monday with 20 passengers on board.

Asiku says that although the bus is almost empty when leaving Kampala for Juba, the shortfall is covered through the return leg when it's filled to capacity. The bus, which carries 49 passengers, has brought home more than 200 passengers over the last four days.
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James Asea, a Ugandan who returned home on Wednesday says that although violence has subsided, South Sudan, the security situation remains volatile.

Michael Okema, the LCIII chairperson of Elegu says that on a daily basis between 10-50 people cross the border using public means.

The latest fighting in South Sudan broke out on 8 July between rival factions loyal to President Salva Kiir and his First Vice President Riek Machar.

South Sudan's conflict, which erupted in December 2013, has produced one of the world's worst displacement situations with immense suffering. More than 1.69 million people are displaced internally within South Sudan while outside the country there are now 831,582 South Sudanese refugees, mainly in Ethiopia, Sudan, and Uganda.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.