“There is no joy,” refugee narrates experience

Refugee children looking for drinking water (photo by Gaaniko Samson Jerry):

By Gaaniko Samson Jerry

The five-year South Sudan conflict has set many families apart and about 2.5 million people are living as refugees in the neighboring countries.

Thirty-year old Wana Moses who lives in one of the refugee camps in northern Uganda said he has spent half of his age living as a refugee in Uganda.

“I grew up as a refugee and experienced many challenges,” he said. “I have spent almost six years without going to school until I came across a Good Samaritan who helped me in paying my school fees,” Mr. Moses recalled.

Mr. Moses said it was not easy to live as refugee in Uganda saying they are facing many problems as they were restricted from doing any job. “To keep myself busy I had to work as a volunteer for the local organization,” Moses reviled.

“There is nothing better than your home and if we were in South Sudan we could be doing great things that can bring development and happiness among us,” Moses added.

He called on the government and the opposition groups to stop fighting and look for ways that can bring peace to the people of South Sudan, adding that the citizens have suffered a lot especially those living in the camps.

“Many have lost their lives and the leaders don’t care about their people but they only consider their immediate families and clans where they come from,” Moses said.

According to Moses, life in the camps has become harder since the food ratio was reduced by the UNHCR. He added that each family was only given 25kg maize grains which cannot push them to the end of the month.

Moses said although some NGOs have agreed to distribute seeds to the refugees to produce food for themselves, the soil conditions could not favor any crop growth.

Moses encouraged the leaders of south Sudan to take the example of the neighboring country in the way they are ruling and saving their people.

He said the warring parties think of solving the conflict in the country. “We are not happy to be refugees we want to go back home and develop our country,” Moses said.


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