Kenyan Refugees Relocated to Kiryandongo

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More than 1,800 Kenyan Refugees are being relocated from Mulanda transit point in Tororo district to Kiryandongo Refugee camp in Masindi District. Eight buses carrying 460 refugee's left Mulanda transit centre this morning. The relocation excercise is being coordinated by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees-UNHCR. Stefano Severe, UNHCR Representative in Uganda, says the relocation of the Kenyan Refugees to Kiryandongo is intended to ensure effective service delivery to the refugees. He explains that Mulanda was a temporary facility and lacked basic social amenities normally found in refugee settlements. In a statement issued by the UNHCR Office in Kampala, Severe said the transfer of the refugees to Kiryandongo, would provide a vital opportunity for the refugee children go back to school and better health care facilities for the families. The Kenyan refugees were displaced by the political turmoil in Kenya which was triggered off by election irregularities. Roberta Russo, the UNHCR External Relations Office says the refugees who are being relocated are reluctant to return to Kenya and have voluntarily signed up for relocation. Uganda Government has allocated each refugee family a piece of land which can be used for residential and agricultural purposes. The UNHCR Spokesperson says they will provide seeds and farm implements to the refugees. Kiryandongo resettlement camp has a population of over 7,000 refugees mainly from Southern Sudan. It has four UNHCR-supported primary schools, a secondary school, and a health centre. Menawhile, 200 other Kenyan refugees who have been in Mulanda have opted to return home. According to Russo, the process for their repatriation begins on Friday. Uganda currently hosts more than 206,000 refugees from Sudan, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea.


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