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UPDF Honours Diocese of Northern Uganda for Support in Evacuating Ugandans from South Sudan
21st July 2016
Church of Uganda News
The Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) presented Bishop Johnson Gakumba of the Diocese of Northern Uganda yesterday with a certificate of appreciation for their support in the recent evacuation of Ugandans from South Sudan after the recent deadly fighting in Juba.
The Diocese of Northern Uganda quickly mobilized more than 1,800 bottles of water, packets of biscuits, and medical kits to welcome those evacuated on Friday, 16th July 2016. A small medical team from the Diocese’s St. Philip’s Health Centre also provided emergency first aid, and the LC V Chairman from Gulu, Hon. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, sent an ambulance from the District to cater for those seriously injured.
A week later, more than 500 Ugandans are still stranded in Elegu with no shelter, food, water, or sanitation. Their businesses and resources were looted and they have no way to reach home from Elegu. Through an emergency grant from the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF), the Diocese of Northern Uganda has fueled school buses and will begin transporting them to Kampala today, where their relatives can then cater for them.
The road between Nimule and Juba in South Sudan is, reportedly, not safe due to rebel activity. The evacuees were part of a 3 km-long convoy with police and army escorts to ensure safety. News agencies report that Uganda has assisted in evacuating more than 38,000 people from South Sudan in the past week, including Kenyans and Rwandans. South Sudanese nationals fleeing the violence were received in Elegu and transferred to the Refugee Camp in Adjumani.