France’s Boutroue names UNHCR boss in Uganda

By Gloria Nakiyimba
Joel Boutroue has been appointed the new United Nations High commission for Refugees representative in Uganda. Mr. Joël Boutroue a French national who is already in the country replaces Katande Bonwell who completed his assignment as UNHCR Representative in Uganda at end of March 2018, and will take up the position of Head of the UNHCR Regional Service Centre in Nairobi.
Mr. Boutroue,  has  more than 30 years of experience in the United Nations system and in the humanitarian and development world. He has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), and has been UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, as well as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General. He has also served in senior advisory roles to UN Member States.
At such a critical time, with continuing influxes of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and from South Sudan, Mr. Boutroue will lead UNHCR’s support to the Government of Uganda and ensure timely and efficient assistance to refugees. Uganda is host to more than one million refugees from South Sudan, and the figures keep swelling due to fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has forced many people to flee their country in search for asylum in Uganda

UNHCR donates 30 vehicles to Uganda Police,Kayihura asks for motorcycles too

By Segawa Robert

The minister for relief and  refugees,Eng.Hillary onek has revealed that Uganda receives not less than 2000 refugees every day.

Speaking during the hand over 30 auto mobiles to police and the office of the prime minister by the United Nation’s High commission for Refugees in Kampala,Onek said the number has dropped from 6000 to 2000 per day. Who he said a big number was from South Sudan.

Onek however warned politicians against abusing police officers and soldiers adding that they are playing a big role in ensuring peace in the country.

The Inspector General of Police,Gen Kale Kayihura applauded UNHCR for the vehicles which he said are a timely force multiplier.

He however asked them to provide police with motorcycles to help them in patrols.

1,326 refugees have so far crossed into Uganda

By Gloria Nakiyimba

A total of 1,326 refugees have so far crossed into Uganda from South Sudan.  United Nation’s High Commission for Refugees-UNHCR says of these 1,633 arrived in Uganda on Sunday while others had fled the fighting between Friday and Saturday last week.

According to UNHCR majority of the people seeking shelter and safety in Uganda are South Sudanese. This now bring the total number to 5,015 people who have fled South Sudan since violence broke out early July between rival forces of President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riak Machar in Juba.

They entered Uganda through border points at Moyo, Kuluba, Lamwo, Yumbe and Elegu, and are staying at   Pagiarinya settlement in Adjumani District.

UNHCR warns that the number of people seeking asylum in Uganda will increase in the days ahead as tension remains high across the border.


Ensure safe passage for people fleeing- UNHCR

By Gloria Nakiyimba

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees- UNHCR is calling on all armed parties in South Sudan to ensure safe passage for people fleeing the fighting there.

In a statement issued today UNHCR has urged neighboring countries to keep boarders open to the asylum seekers following fighting that erupted in Juba over the weekend between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and vice president Riak Macha.

Charlie Yaxely the UNCHR Uganda Public relations officers says the fighting has displaced some 36,000 people. About 159 of these have crossed into Uganda.