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Displaced South Sudanese in northern Uganda in need of Basic Necessities

The second round of peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in South Sudan resumed on Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, after being delayed for five days due to disagreement about who should take part and who shouldn’t. The conflict started in December last year as a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice, Dr. Riek Machar. within the ruling Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement Party. It has killed thousands of ordinary civilians and displaced about two million others. Thousands of the displaced people have crossed into neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Those who have crossed into Uganda are mainly camping in the northern part of the country. Fr. Raphael Ayiga Lebu is the Parish Priest of Dzaipi Parish in Arua diocese, situated 30 kilometers from the border of South Sudan. His parish is hosting thousands of the South Sudanese refugees. He told the Catholic News Service that most of the refugees lack food and clean water and have no proper accommodation and sanitation. Some sleep in the open under trees, because the church buildings are full to capacity. Some are sleeping in tents and under verandas of the parish premises. He has launched an appeal material assistance to the refugees in the form of food, water, medicine and blankets.


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