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Concerns in Obongi and Moyo Districts as UNHCR Reduces Aid for Refugees

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Worries have arisen in Obongi and Moyo Districts as the UNHCR cuts aid for refugees amidst a rising number of South Sudanese refugees.

The head of the UNHCR office in Moyo and Obongi revealed that funding for refugee activities in Uganda has been reduced by 30%, despite a continuous influx of refugees.

During a courtesy visit to the Office of the President in Obongi, Mr. Muhamed Shekimweri, along with Mr. Robert Andeoye, the camp commandant of Palorinya Refugee Settlement in Obongi district, informed RDC Obongi Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka about the budget cuts.

Mr. Shekimweri explained that due to the reduced budget, 20 staff members working in Moyo and Obongi have been laid off, and certain services have been scaled down. Meanwhile, the number of refugees entering Uganda is steadily increasing.

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He noted that over 200 refugees from South Sudan are arriving in Uganda every week, with many being resettled in Adjumani and Obongi districts.

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