Security with the help of Local authorities in Arinyapi sub-county, Adjumani district have intercepted 200 South Sudanese refugees who illegally entered into Uganda between March and June this year.
Richard Amoko the Arinyapi local council III chairperson says the Refugees were crossing through the porous areas of Unyama from South Sudan’s Nimule Town and were arrested by the sub-county COVID-19 taskforce before they were handed over to security.
100 registered South Sudanese refugees living in settlements across Adjumani district have also been intercepted as they attempted to cross back to their country during operations that have been running over the last three months.
The Adjumani Resident District Commissioner Taban Peter Data said continuous sensitization on COVID-19 restriction measures has enabled the locals living in border sub-counties to easily identify and report new people in the locality. H
Some of the South Sudanese who sneaked into the country illegally have been taken to quarantine centres while others have been handed back to authorities in South Sudan.
Adjumani district hosts a total of 214,250 South Sudanese refugees in 58 settlement centres, according to the May 2020 statistics from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).