UNHCR Boss Lauds OPM for Resettling S. Sudan Refugees
By Noel Muhangi
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filipo Grandi landed in Adjuman district of northern Uganda on Monday all the way from Geneva, Switzerland.
Grandi hailed Uganda for opening its boarders for the refugees from South Sudan and providing humanitarian relief like food, clothing and shelter and protection.
The UNHCR boss is here to address the emerging South Sudan crisis that has left more than 4 million people forced to flee their homes due to brutal war.
According to David Apollo Kazungu, Commissioner for Refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister, out of more than 650.000 refugees Uganda has received; about 320.000 refugees are from South Sudan, putting the number to more than 80.000 South Sudanese refugees received in the recent months.
Kazungu added that Filipo Grandi is in Uganda also to open the resettlement and see the challenges caused by the war in Southern Sudan.
“One of the reasons Grandi is here is to look at the concern of resources which is stretching humanitarian support and also to table the South Sudan question to the international forum,” said Kazungu.
Grandi is also expected to talk to the warring factions in South Sudan to prevail over the war to put an end to the suffering of the innocent civilians.
Kazungu also said that Uganda’s minister for Refugees Hilary Onek who is in Adjuman together with the permanent secretary, told the UNHCR boss that Uganda’s boarders with South Sudan remain open to receive anyone for humanitarian support.
“Uganda offers land for refugees and resettlement and has pressed refugee protection and management in the national development plan to bridge the gap between humanitarian and development requirements of the refugees’ situation,” Kazungu quoted the minister to have said.
Kazungu added that the Office of the Prime Minister is also addressing the concerns of children and women who instead keep congesting reception centres provided by OPM instead of occupying designated areas for refugees.