Poor toilet habits posing sanitation challenges in Lamwo refugee settlement

Palabek Ogili Refugee Settlement in Lamwo district is struggling to promote sanitation and hygiene among South Sudan refugees in the area. The settlement is now home to an estimated 25,000 refugees who fled conflict in Pajok and other parts of South Sudan.

Families already resettled on allocated pieces of land have been given up to August to construct a three meter deep pit latrine among other sanitary facilities on their plots.

Robert Ochan, the camp chairman Palabek Ogili Refugee Settlement decried inadequate water supply in some areas and poor toilet habits among residents. He says that although sanitation is being promoted at household level due to logistical challenges related to management of community pit latrines, many households are facing challenges in building their own facilities.

Aldo Langoya, one of the leaders in the settlement is says that in addition to having functional pit latrines and kitchen drying racks, all households are expected to practice hand washing and proper refuse management.

Robert Ochan, the camp chairman says promoting sanitation and hygiene among Lutugu ethnic group is particularly challenging due to their cultural belief that sharing a pit latrine with male members of a family is a taboo.

Lutheran World Federation (LWF), one of the many charity organizations promoting sanitation in the settlement has distributed construction materials which include plastic toilet slabs, hand washing facilities, poles and roofing materials to households that have been allocated pieces of land for settlement.