OPM, UNHCR Construct Water Points in Bidi-bidi Refugee Camp

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Henry Kupajo, a resident of Obongi town East village in Gimara Sub County describes the project as an opportunity for the locals to benefit in terms of safe water and jobs.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees-UNHCR and office of the Prime Minister have embarked on constructing a water reservoir in Gimar sub county in Obongi town to ease the water crisis in Bidibidi refugee camp. The camp is home to more than a hundred refugees.

 
Nasir Fernades, the Senior Emergency coordinator- UNHCR, Geneva Division of Emergency Supply and Security, says the water crisis worsens each passing day because of the big refugee population. 



"We are below standards because of big population, we are exploring all opportunities to make things work both in long and short period and this is how we can look to get water very quickly", Nasir said.

 
 
According to Nasir, the standard for emergency is 15 liters per person and in the normal situation it goes to 20 liters but this is not the case in Bidi-bidi refugee settlement. "There are three zones sometime we reach 11 liters and sometime we are below 11 liters but different Zones have various challenges", he said.

 
Nasir says besides the water crisis, the road network is also a challenge as the water tanks can't reach certain areas in the camp whenever it rains. Robert Baryamwesiga, the OPM representative, says the water tank will not only benefit the refuges but also locals. 


"This project should provide safe water for refugee and the local households", he said. He encouraged the youth who had qualifications to apply for jobs at the refugee camps. "Those Jobs are not for Yumbe people alone, they are for all Ugandans and don't wait for jobs to come in your community", he said.
 
 
Henry Kupajo, a resident of Obongi town East village in Gimara Sub County describes the project as an opportunity for the locals to benefit in terms of safe water and jobs.  "The youth are here ready to take on the casual jobs and it will be better they are considered", Kupajo said.
 
 
John Paul Owenyi, the Water and Sanitation Engineer Uganda Red cross Society, says the tank will occupy 50 by 60 meters. "We are going to put temporally tap stand that will be next by the river source for tracking", Owenyi said.