Nimule Hosts Thousands Rescued from South Sudan Crisis

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Okema says currently those received are camped at Elegu, where United Nations High Commission for Refugees` and Office of the Prime Minister are recording their status in order to ascertain their nationalities and help them reunite with their relatives.

 
At least 21,000 people have been successfully evacuated from south Sudan through Nimule in South Sudan and Elegu area over the last two weeks, Patrick Okema, the Police spokesperson for Aswa region says.

Those rescued include at least 10,000 Ugandan nationals, hundreds of Kenyans, Tanzanians, Asians and also South Sudanese who were trapped in the south Sudanese crisis that started Mid December.

Okema says currently those received are camped at Elegu, where United Nations High Commission for Refugees` and Office of the Prime Minister are recording their status in order to ascertain their nationalities and help them reunite with their relatives.

Last week government of Uganda launched a program to evacuate Ugandans trapped in the south Sudan crisis using both road and air transport.  15 buses accompanied by UPDF soldiers have been commissioned to carry out the exercise.

However Lt. Isaac Oware, the UPDF 4th division spokesperson denies reports that UPDF has entered in south Sudan to give support to the soldiers loyal to Salva Kiir the President of south Sudan. He says their role as UPDF is to protect the lives of citizens and protect the sovereignty of the Country.
 

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.