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AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN – Bishop of Yei’s appeal: “Protect South Sudanese refugees in Uganda from unlawful attacks”

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN Bishop of Yei’s appeal: Protect South Sudanese refugees from illegal attacks in Uganda

Juba (Agenzia Fides). – “The United Nations High Commission for Refugees should take note that politicians go to refugee camps to make false promises to them,” said Bishop Alex Lodiong from South Sudan. He urged Kampala authorities and international organizations “to protect South Sudanese refugees requesting protection in Uganda from illegal attacks”.
He specifically refers to the visits by some South Sudanese politicians in an attempt to sow discord and recruit fighters for their militias.
“I would like the Prime Minister’s Office to know about this, who is charged in Uganda by the Ugandan government to take care of our refugees and the international community represented by UNCHR,” said the Bishop of Lei. Arrest anyone who sees a politician or someone bringing weapons into these camps. The bishop warns about “people who arrive with weapons and confuse our people, who have taken refuge in these camps”.
Bishop Lodiong also urged the Ugandan government to not collaborate with South Sudan’s government in detaining those who fled persecution in their country. “Some dissidents were also tracked into the cities and arrested and killed. We hope that the Ugandan government did not cooperate with us in this matter. These people came to Uganda to save their lives,” he stated.
This appeal was launched by Archbishop Lodiong in his pastoral visit to Palorinya refugee colony in Arua. It was founded in December 2016 at Moyo district in the West Nile region. The camp is home to 166,000 South Sudanese refugees and covers more than 37 square km. It is currently closed for new arrivals. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 29/8/2022)



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