Thursday, June 8, 2017

{UAH} How the world?s biggest refugee settlement sprung up in Uganda

In Africa's biggest human exodus since the Rwandan genocide of 1994, 1m people have fled war in South Sudan, most of them since last July, for the lush tranquility of northern Uganda. There, they have been welcomed by what has been called the most generous refugee policy in the world, given supplies and a plot of land and encouraged to integrate as quickly as possible into Ugandan society.

In the process, Bidi Bidi, the world's largest refugee settlement — the word "camp" is frowned upon and, besides, there are no fences — has sprung up in just eight months. Where last September there were just a few scattered huts belonging to local farmers, today there are an estimated quarter of a million South Sudanese who have fled what amounts to ethnic cleansing in their country's once-peaceful Equatoria region. 


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