Refugees in Uganda request Agricultural land

By Gaaniko Samson Jerry 

Refugees’ leaders in Rhino camp refugees’ settlement have asked the office of the Prime Minister, Refuges Department to allocate them more land for agricultural purposes.

According to Santos Louis, Tika Zone welfare officer, with reduction of monthly food ratio, there was need for refugees to be allocated more land so that they could do farming activities.

He said most refugees were allocated small land which is not enough for cultivation but only for residential houses.

Santos said if enough land was allocated, many refugees would not suffer waiting for food ratio. He said they could do their farming to earn living. “With the cut off 30% of the food ratio for the refugees, food is not enough,” he added.

However, the assistant settlement commandant of Rhino camp, Jonathan Matata said they work closely with the host communities to ensure that they have enough additional land for cultivation purpose since food ratio has been reduced.

The food was reduced due to the global pandemic virus that has affected the donor countries, said Matata.

He said having only 30 x 30 meters square of land allotted to refugees has affected the refugees in terms of agricultural activities.

Matata urged the refugees to remain peaceful while plans were underway to help refugees, there are talks going on with the host communities for some piece of land to be allocated as a support to refugees.

He warned refugees against tribal fighting in the settlements as it is hindering efforts against COVID -19 in the refugees’ settlement.

“You need to live together as refugees who ran away from the conflict of South Sudan,’’ he advised the refugees.

Matata called on the refugees to observe and practice government health measures of COVID-19 like maintaining social distancing, wearing of facemasks and washing hands with water and soap as prevention of coronavirus in the settlement.

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