On the 6th of May Liam Cunningham travelled with World Vision to Northern Uganda to meet South Sudanese refugees crossing the border into Uganda which is now the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. To date there are over 898,000 refugees in the West Nile region who have had to flee the conflict. This number is growing by over 2000 refugees daily. 86% of the refugees that have crossed over are women and children.
During Liam Cunnimngham’s time in Uganda he visited our programmes Bidi Bidi and Imvepi settlement camps and met with the refugees that now call it home.
Bidi Bidi & Imvepi Settlement Camps
- The refugee settlement in Bidi Bidi, Yumbe district is the largest refugee settlement in the world . Initially it was supposed to host up to 100,000 refugees it is now closer to 270,000 people.
- All new arrivals to Uganda from South Sudan are now being relocated in the Imvepi settlement camp which is now boasting 73,584 people.
- During Liam’s visit he witnessed the sheer mass of movement of people and the destruction of life of the South Sudanese refugees.
- World Vision has been working in Bidi Bidi & Imvepi since they were set up last year to bring back hope and a any sense of normality to these people who have had their life torn apart.
- In Bidi Bidi and Imvepi we are partnering with WFP and UNHCR to provide urgent food assistance to all new arrivals.
- On registering in the settlement refugees are also provided with non food items such as tarp, poles a blanket and a solar light.
- Several Child Friendly spaces have been set up and work with children who are deeply traumatised from the war they’ve fled.
- With funding from Irish Aid we are managing water and sanitation programmes providing bathing spaces and latrines.
World Vision Response to the South Sudan Refugee Crisis in Uganda
Funded by Irish Aid, World Vision is providing toilet and bathing facilities for South Sudanese refugees in BidiBidi.
How you can help:
We are asking the people of Ireland to sign our petition asking World leaders to prioritise the refugees of South Sudan who are in urgent need of humanitarian aid
Current Situation in South Sudan
Since the recent escalation of the violence in South Sudan reports indicate continued general insecurity in South Sudan, limited access to food and basic services, violence, rape and abuse of women and girls, arbitrary detention and indiscriminate killing and destruction of property by armed forces as reasons for fleeing their homes in South Sudan.
Food, shelter, water, education and health care are the most urgent needs among the South Sudanese refugees
More than 181,000 refugees arrived during the first 3 months in 2017 in Uganda, bringing the latest numbers of new South Sudanese arrivals who are reportedly fleeing the country, to 894,950 in Uganda.
181,000 South Sudan new arrivals since the 1st of January 2017
58% of South Sudan refugees and asylum seekers are children
The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda in likely to surpass a million by mid 2017.
Both, UN and the Government of Uganda, have recently expressed their concerns over the deteriorating situation during a public appeal for more support. The delayed onset of rains in West Nile have led to a delay in farming activities among refugees. Those who arrived in April are unlikely to cultivate, having arrived too late to prepare land which will only greatly add to the problems for the South Sudanese refugees.