UN Humanitarian Affairs Chief Warns Against Unplanned Decongestion Process

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The United Nations Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Coordinator, John Holmes, has warned that government risks a tragedy if the decongestion process in Northern Uganda is not planned carefully. During a meeting with the internally displaced people at Labworomor and Namukora decongestion camps in Kitgum district, Holmes advised that the effective return and resettlement of the IDPs must be carefully planned and executed. Holmes said that clear conditions for the return of the displaced persons must be put in place, to facilitate a smooth transition from the emergency phase through recovery, reconstruction and resettlement. //Cue in: iWell, it's not a question of# Cue out: # failed return process.i// At Labworomor decongestion camp, the returning IDPs complained about the lack of infrastructures like good road network, schools, health centres, water points as well as the need for food supplies. The IDPs told Holmes that they risk starvation, unless more food rations are restored in the areas of return. Holmes expressed optimism that the ratios by the World Food Program that were recently halved due to insufficient funding to the agency would be restored to help meet the feeding demands of the returning IDPs who are yet to start harvesting food from their gardens. Holmes said the international community must continue its support to the recovery process and to locals as they try to return to their former homes. Thousands of people have been killed and an estimated 1.5 million others have become displaced in Uganda or in neighboring countries since the LRA insurgency began in 1986.


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