Gulu closes IDP camps
Publish Date: Apr 05, 2009
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By Justin Moro

ALL the internally displaced people's (IDP) camps in Gulu have been closed effective Tuesday.

Gulu resident district commissioner Col. Walter Ochora said on Thursday that humanitarian agencies operating in the district had also been notified of the development.

He said the district was planning to extend social services like safe drinking water, schools, access roads and health facilities in areas where they were lacking.

Ochora, also the chairman of the district security committee encouraged the returnees to till their land in preparation for planting when the rains start.

Most camps were by Wedneday empty, with most of the huts razed. The only ones left were those of the land owners.

In Abili camp, Koro sub-county, all the former IDPs had left for their villages, according to area LC1 chairman, Remijo Okwera.

Okwera said the Danish Refugee Council assisted in demolishing the huts. Each of the people razing down huts, according to Okware, was paid sh5,000.

The Koro Abili camp had about 30,000 displaced people but now, according to Okware, has about 800 people, most of whom are land owners planning to build permanent structures.

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