West Nile IDP's Want Inclusion in Resettlement Programme

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West Nile political leaders have asked government to expand the resettlement program to the internally displaced persons in Adjumani and Nebbi districts. Led by Environment Minister, Jesca Eriyo, the leaders are concerned about the fate of IDP's from the west Nile region, who have visibly been left out of the resettlement program. Last week, the refugee law project complained about the level of marginalization and vulnerability of internally displaced persons in Adjumani district. The refugee law project said that humanitarian assistance to the IDPs in Adjumani has been irregular, despite the fact that the district is home to one of the largest refugee population in Uganda. Only 9000 out of an estimated 41,000 IDP are in Adjumani District, live in the two protected camps of Ogolo and Arinyapi, while the rest are settled among host communities. As a result displaced persons in other northern districts enjoy more government support than those IDPs in Adjumani who are living among host communities. Eriyo says that the leaders will work with the prime ministers office to initiate an expanded resettlement program. In a related development, thousands of people who were displaced by the National Forestry Authority from Eria and Metu forest reserves in Moyo district, also want to be resettled by government, About 7,000 people from 1,272 households relocated to neighboring Romogi Sub-county in Yumbe District following the displacement. Habib Amba, the Coordinator of Aringa Disaster Preparedness Forum, a local non-governmental organization, says his organization has so far settled half of the displaced people.


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