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Updated On: Tuesday, November 21 2017

Grandi Visits Refugees in Uganda

Content by: South-South News

27 June 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — In a visit to the country, UN refugee agency (UNHCR) chief Filippo Grandi said Uganda provides “model response” by making “longer term investments” in both the local and refugee communities and not just providing humanitarian assistance.

Speaking from the Imvepi refugee settlement, Grandi said, “Giving land to refugees, involving local communities, meeting the needs of the local communities together with the needs of the refugees, building infrastructure, investing in education and health” as done by Uganda, makes the country “one of the pilots of the new way of approaching refugee assistance.” The High Commissioner called for greater support for Uganda which is now host to some one million South Sudanese refugees.

Grandi said some 300 people arrive to the settlement per day which means “people are still afraid in South Sudan.” He said women and children are still subjected to violence and called on the leadership in South Sudan to shoulder its responsibility in restoring peace to allow people to return to their homes.

The Imvepi settlement was opened February 2017 and houses some 119,000 South Sudanese refugees. Nearly four million people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, including some two million refugees in neighboring countries.

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