Hundreds of South Sudan Nationals Flee Violence Into Uganda, In Dire Humanitarian Need


Hundreds of South Sudanese are crossing the boarder into Uganda fleeing the violence that erupted on June 8, 2016 and is believed to have spread across the country.

East Africa Daily reporter at South Sudan Boarder town of Nimule said the refugees mostly women and children are coming in without basic necessities.

“They are being received by the United Nations and Officials from Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda, who then transport them to a UN Refugee Center in Adjumani (Northern Uganda),” he said

It is not yet clear where the refugees could have trekked in from but officials say they are expecting more by the morning of July 13, 2016. UN Officials said they are liaising with authorities from Uganda and South Sudan to evacuate those trapped under uncertain conditions.

There is currently no movements of neither merchandise nor people between the two countries. The road is completely empty. Uganda is the largest trade partner with South Sudan.

“We managed to drive about 25 kilometers into South Sudan but the road is completely empty with no movements. We were stopped by Army officers from Uganda and ordered back to Nimule” he said

Uganda announced that security agencies will not allow travelers to South Sudan due to the security situation.

“Following the repeated gunfights in Juba and other provinces, the police and its sister security agencies cautioned business persons and general public against travelling to South Sudan due to the tense and potentially dangerous security situation,” Said Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga.

Local media in Uganda reported that President Yoweri Museveni had ordered the evacuation of all Ugandans trapped in South Sudan.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo tweeted saying “President Museveni has ordered the evacuation of Ugandans in in Nisitu, east of R. Nile S.Sudan by road.”

It is not clear whether the troops cited in South Sudan are there to conduct the evacuation. Uganda Army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda said Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) would help to execute the evacuation order.