Over 3,000 South Sudanese refugees await relocation to Palabek settlement camp

BY JULIUS OCUNGI

A total of 3,500 South Sudanese refugees have pitched camp at the Uganda-South Sudan border post of Ngomoromo in Lamwo district as the Office of the Prime Minister finalizes plans to relocate them in the  three settlement centers in the district.

Last month Lamwo district local government offered land for the establishment of refugee settlement camps in Palabek Gem, Palabek Kal and Palabek Ogili following influx of South Sudan refugees in the district.

The refugees fled their homes following the renewed fights that erupted last week in South Sudan’s Imatong state where government backed forces the Sudan People’s Liberation Army [SPLA] launched  an offensive against various militias in the area.

Mr Titus Jogo, the Refugee Desk Officer in OPM told Daily Monitor in an interview over the weekend that the refugees have been temporarily provided with shelter in Ngomoromo collection point as they finalise works in areas where they will be accommodated.

Mr Jogo said about 1,000 of the refugees have been relocated to Palorinya settlement camp in Adjumani district in the past three days, to decongest the overwhelming numbers at Ngomoromo border.