Gov't Urges Ugandan Nationals to Register at Embassies

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In short
The 2013 estimates from the Foreign Affairs Ministry puts the number of Ugandans in South Sudan at 20,000. Those who registered with the embassy are 8000.

Henry Okello Oryem, the Foreign Affairs State Minister has asked all Ugandans abroad to register at the Uganda embassies in their countries of residence, saying it is vital in times of emergencies.
 
 
Hundreds of Ugandans are spread in countries such as South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, United Kingdom and United States of America where they went in search of greener pastures.


According to Oryem, despite the fact that government is currently struggling to repatriate Ugandans from South Sudan because of the recent clashes, it lacks a clear picture on how many Ugandans are there, where they live and nature of work they do since most of them didn't bother to register with the embassy.
 
He explains that most of Ugandans ignored repeated pleas from government to register with the embassy for record purposes because of unfounded suspicions.
 

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The 2013 estimates from the Foreign Affairs Ministry puts the number of Ugandans in South Sudan at 20,000. Those who registered with the embassy are 8000.

But by Thursday evening, only 3000 Ugandans had assembled at Nisitu 40 kilometers from Juba ready for evacuation by Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF. The first batch of 1500 Ugandans is expected to arrive in the country this evening.  

 

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