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A new surge of Dinka refugees into the Ugandan border with Return of Dr Riek Machar in Juba

Nimule, 20 Oct. 2019; As Riek Machar touches ground in Juba, many Dinka in Juba are fleeing the capital heading towards Uganda, an official at Elugu, Amuru District in Uganda has confirmed to this reporter that at least they have registered new arrival of South Sudanese refugees at the border point of Elegu.


The official who was speaking in a condition of anonymity, says currently the new arrival of South Sudan refugees are at the registration center at Elegu waiting for transferring into the camp in neighboring Adjumani District. 


The new arrival who entered through Nimule border town secretly told this reporter that they feared there could an imminent outbreak of war in capital, they claimed they were informed by security officials working in Blue House in Juba[National Security Service] that they the security officials have received credible information that more than 20.000 armed Nuer have entered in Juba in the recent weeks.


According to the influx of new arrival of Dinka refugees who reached Nimule on Sunday morning, that some of the armed Nuer are residing in UN civilian protection site in Juba, a claim disputed and refuted by UNMISS staff who spoke to SSLN in condition of anonymity, he dismissed the claim as white lies and baseless, he added that internal Displaced persons / IDPs who reside in UNMISS civilian protection site since 2013 were screened and have undergone strict observation procedures, he denied there are ever armed civilians inside the camp.


When we asked several government officials working in Nimule, they corroborated and supported the statement from UNMISS saying those who are fleeing from Juba are simply seeking relief aid as live in Juba is hard. He added that the current peace effort to reinstall peace in the country between President Kiir, Machar and other opposition parties is going on well, and this is the only way to address the country's six years war crisis not fresh fighting in Juba. 


While in Elegu, the Uganda officials at the registration center said they are expecting more new arrival of South Sudanese refugees not less to their surprises. Recently Uganda government warned that it can not longer host more refugees from neighboring countries as resources have become scarce and the growing number of refugees has a devastating result on the environment particularly on deforestation.


Andrew Olweny




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