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Children at water point construed for the refugees at Rhino Camp (Photo: Gaaniko Samson Jerry)

By Gaaniko Samson Jerry

South Sudanese refugees living in northern Uganda have called on the government and opposition groups to work hard to restore peace in the country.

The 19-year old Raja Nual, a refugee living in Rhino camp Siripi settlement, said her life had never settled since they fled to Uganda.

She said life in the camp was not good for girls as they stay without doing anything to support them. “It is very difficult for a girl because she always needs a lot of basic items for her personal needs.”

Ms. Nual said before she used to sit and wait from her parents who also depend on the food ratio from the UNHCR.

“I have decided to do a catering training which is helping me and my parents instead of waiting for relief food from the UN agencies,” she said.

Ms. Nual continued that with the skills she had acquired she was able to support her old parents by buying to them some home needs such as food, soap and sugar among others.

“I am very disappointed with the government of South Sudan for having pushed young people to suffering,” she said. She stressed that everybody was not happy with the leaders because old people are suffering and crying in the camps due to the unending conflict in the country.

The young lady urged the government to involve members from the refugees and youth in the peace talks so that they could get their views.

Ms. Nual hailed the Uganda’s government for its hospitality towards refugees saying if the leaders of South Sudan were good as the government of Uganda people could not be suffering in the country.

Apac Gai one of the street children living in northern Uganda refugee camp said many of them had gone on the streets in order to earn a living.

Mr. Gai, 20, said he fled the country due to the war that started at the State House in July 2016 and spread to all parts of the country.

“I don’t feel good to live here. Both of my parents were killed during the fighting that erupted in Juba,” he said. “Life is not good for him because I don’t go to school,” Gai added.

He said living in the street was the only option for him to survive. “What pains me most is that whenever I listen to the radio I just hear people have been killed in South Sudan. I regret why I am a South Sudanese,” he said.

The young man called on the warring parties to restore peace in the country so the citizens could access better services and economic growth.

 

 

 

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