By Najibu Mulema
The office of the prime minister and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) together with Moyo district officials have reopened Palorinya settlement camp to accommodate the surging number of refugees across the West Nile sub region.
The reopening of the camp will allow to accommodate at least 80,000 South Sudanese refugees who have continued to flee violence in their country to seek refuge in Uganda.
Palorinya settlement camp was home to South Sudan refugees in 1990s till early 2000 when they were repatriated.
The office of the prime minister, UNHCR and the Moyo district team yesterday commenced an assessment on the health centres, schools, water facilities and security to ensure that refugees are settled.
Sardhanand Panchoe, the field coordinator and production, UNHCR said the assessment would pave way for settlement of the South Sudan refugees who have continued to enter the district.
“Those refugees are waiting for our protection after crossing from a war zone in South Sudan. We need to do proper assessment to ensure that they are safe and given the necessary services as they settle here,” Panchoe said.
Palorinya settlement camp has been opened after the number of refugees overwhelmed Adjuman, Arua and Yumbe districts.