Refugee inflow into Uganda turns into environmental disaster.

A South Sudanese man is selling petrol at his kiosk, in Rhino camp of South Sudanese refuges. Picture by Ochan Hannington | 09 Aug 2018

With the inflow of South Sudanese people, majorly, into Northern districts of Uganda seeking refuge, the populations quickly rose exorbitantly. They (South Sudanese) fled deadly violence, which erupted in Juba on the Christmas Eve of 2013, and quickly spread to other places. Environmentalists, whistleblowers and others, however, say the vast increase in the number of people in the districts is causing drastic adverse effects on environment in general. They blame both refugees and their (Ugandan) hosts for destroying the natural world, with no regard. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that the two, inhabitants, depend entirely on both forests and bushes for wood fuel as well as materials for constructing their huts. Woodlands might disappear, if nothing is done to avert the loss of forest cover; they warn.

Doris Anguparu brings more of the story, from Uganda’s district of Arua: