By Ismael Kasooha
ADJUMANI - An estimated 70 refugees from South Sudan enter Ugandan on a daily basis in Adjuman, statistics indicate.
The officer in charge of Adjuman refugee desk under the Office of the Prime Minister, Titus Jogo, talking to the New Vision said “refugees continue pouring into the country especially in Adjumani, with 70 persons entering the country on a daily basis.”
Jogo called on humanitarian organizations and charity organizations not to forget the plight the refugees because the situation is still dire.
A S. Sudanese refugee taking supplies at Mungula camp in Adjumani district
“It is as if the world is forgetting that over 100,000 South Sudan refugees in Adjumani need both relief items and food for survival,” said Jogo.
He said that Adjumani local government and the government of Uganda should prepare to receive more people.
Jogo was speaking at a function after Farma Mundi, a Spanish humanitarian organization specializing in medicines, mobilized resources from partners to aid South Sudanese refugees in Adjumani district through the office of the Prime Minister Refugees desk.
The items included 705 soap cartons, 2000 insecticide treated mosquito nets, assortment of anti-malarial and anti-bacterial drugs and 200 cartons of sanitary pads for mothers and grown up girls.
Farma Mundi mobilized other partners in Spain that included Xunta De Galicia and Generali Tat Valenciana to help the displaced people in youngest nation in Africa valued at sh170 million.
“This aid is timely because stocks were running low especially the drugs,” said Jogo.
Jogo said that some of the agencies that have been giving aid have withdrawn thus creating difficulties in their work.
“Let us hope this is not the last consignment because the number of refugees is increasing day and night,” said Jogo.
He called on humanitarian organizations and charity organizations not to forget the plight these refugees are going through.
The equipment was delivered by a team led by Emily Kugonza the executive director EMESCO development foundation, a local Non-governmental organization operating in Kibaale district mid-western Uganda.
“We felt touched about the suffering of our brothers and sisters from South Sudan who ran to Uganda and decided to contact our partners for help,” said Kugonza at the handover ceremony in Adjumani district.
EMESCO team did needs assessment of Refugees in January so that they could help them cope with the situation.
The Adjumani district health officer Ana Mary Dunia thanked EMESCO for the relief aid and more especially drugs that are inadequate in their stores.
“You know drugs in Uganda are inadequate so these drugs will help us push on for some time,” said Dunia.