UPDF Evacuates 21,000 Civilians

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Lt. Hassan Kato, the spokesperson of the Evacuation Mission team, says Tuesday was their last day of the Evacuation Mission, adding that they will be on standby for new orders

Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF has so far evacuated 21,000 civilians from South Sudan, the Army Spokesperson, Lt. Colonel Paddy Ankunda has revealed. He says on Tuesday 12, 000 people were evacuated, making it the biggest batch since the evacuation mission started over the weekend.
 

According to Ankunda, those evacuated include foreign nationals, majority of them Rwandans and Kenyans. He however, says they haven't yet established the exact number of Ugandan nationals who have returned. He says majority of Ugandans remaining in South Sudan have opted to stay because of their own interests.

 
Lt. Hassan Kato, the spokesperson of the Evacuation Mission team, says Tuesday was their last day of the Evacuation Mission, adding that they will be on standby for new orders. On Friday last week, 3000 civilians were evacuated. On Monday, another batch of 4,500 civilians was evacuated.

 
Majority of the people brought in dropped off at Elegu border point in Amuru district to proceed to their home areas. President Yoweri Museveni ordered the evacuation of Ugandans following clashes between forces loyal to president, Salva Kiir and the first vice president Riek Machar on July 7th.
 
The clashes claimed the lives of 300 people and displaced hundreds of others.  The two leaders called for a ceasefire after two days of clashes leading to a return of normalcy. However, unconfirmed reports show that fighting could have resumed this morning.

 

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“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.

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