Refugees tempted to getting more aid dubiously as UNHCR records newborns, new arrivals

New arrivals, escaping South Sudan war, at a UNHCR reception center of asylum seekers in Uganda’s Koboko district. They fled their country during the height of the violent conflict of 2016. Picture by Ochan Hannington | 06 Sep 2016

UNHCR usually include new refugees into their records. Such refugees are normally new–born babies plus spontaneous new arrivals in case there is no major influx of asylum seekers. Following the unruly cuts on food aid, refugees in Bidibidi settlement which is predominantly occupied by the south Sudanese people look at this exercise as loopholes that can allow them add up multiple member to their family. They believe this will increase their food ration once they are not caught. This rather unfortunate practice is involving members of the host communities, too.

However, authorities say this is a completely wrong move, and that it is punishable. Authorities insist punishments could be very harsh, including losing refugees status.

Reporter Big Sam was in Bidibidi settlement and filed for us this story, listen below.