Shrinking land opens new challenge facing South Sudanese refugees
Sunday September 10 2017
Newly arrived refugees from South Sudan queue to be registered at Kuluba, north of the capital Kampala. Uganda currently hosts more than a million South Sudanese refugees. PHOTO FILE | AFP
Uganda is now clearly feeling the strain after the number of South Sudan refugee crossed the one million mark last month.
Before the violence in South Sudan started in December 2013, refugees in Uganda had the luxury of 100m² of land allocated to them, but after the world’s youngest nation got consumed in a conflict that has bordered on genocide, the plot sizes also shrank to 50m². As of October 2016, the land size had shrunk to 20m².
With no funding to increase food rations, and perhaps acquire more farm land for new refugee arrivals, the UN Refugee Agency looks to Uganda government’s continued generosity, but for how long?