Uganda, UNHCR refuse to have new settlement for South Sudan refugees

Uganda, UNHCR refuse to have new settlement for South Sudan refugees
Eazzy Banking

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – UNHCR has declined land for establishing another settlement for South Sudan refugees in Northern Uganda.

The UN agency says there is no immediate need to establish a settlement following a decline on the influx of South Sudan refugees to the region.

Authorities in Agago district had offered 40 Square kilometres of land in Paimol Sub County for establishment of a settlement to decongest some of the existing settlements in the region.

However, Duniya Aslam Khan, the spokesperson of UNHCR in Uganda, says it is too costly to establish a new refugee resettlement at a time the agency is cash strapped.

She says they require a minimum of  $3million to operationalize a new refugee settlement.

According to Aslam, any land earmarked for hosting refugees should undergo technical assessment, verification and survey by office of UNHCR and the office of the prime minister.

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