60 South Sudanese Refugees Stranded at Gulu Market

SudanMore than 60 south Sudanese national fleeing clashes in their country are stranded at Elego border market in Gulu with nowhere to turn for help, the Aswa regional police have revealed.

The refugees mainly comprising of children, women and the elderly are reportedly surviving on the mercies of good Samaritans at Elego trading center as they don’t have any relatives in the area.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa regional police spokesperson says the south Sudanese are in dire need of assistance as they have nowhere to turn for help. He says whereas other south Sudanese nationals have relatives and the ability to stay in Uganda, this particular group at Elego is stuck.

He says the number of refugees is likely to increase as the conflict in South Sudan continues escalating. Okema says they have referred the refugees to the office of the prime minister and United Nations high commission for refugees in Adjumani. Henry Okello Oryem, the foreign affairs state minister has asked relief agencies and other humanitarian agencies to intervene and help the refugees.

He says the office of the prime minister will come up with a longer strategy to help the Sudanese refugees but the agencies should rescue them with food and shelter. When contacted, the Uganda Red Cross Society said it will consult with its regional office in Moyo to see how the 60 Sudanese refugees could be helped.

Over 500 people have been reported dead, while hundreds have been displaced due to the south Sudan conflict that started last week. Many countries including Uganda are evacuating their nationals from the new nation as the situation becomes more tense and bloody.

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