In refugee camp, deadly fights have come back

This is a refugee reception center in Rhino camp settlement of South Sudanese refugees. Rhino camp settlement has experienced several deadly fights from time to time. Picture by Ochan Hannington | 12 Jul 2018

A joint security force of Uganda Police and the Army fired live bullets to quell scuffles that led to the death of four youth. Eight others are in Uganda’s Kiryandongo Referral Hospital for treatment of wounds they sustained. Furthermore, sixty-three individuals are in police custody in connection to the violence that broke out in Bweyale refugee settlements housing South Sudanese. Such fights, at times resulting in loss of life, occur from time to time usually between members of the two major South Sudan tribes. The violence was reportedly sparked by a misunderstanding between handful refugee youth of Dinka and Nuer tribes, during a friendly football match yesterday. Their fellow tribesmen quickly joined each side – turning the football pitch into a battlefield. The fight further spread, blanketing the whole refugee settlement. Sanctos Ojok reports.