Water Crisis Hits S.Sudan Refugees Camps
Severe water shortages have hit camps occupied by South Sudan refugees in Northern Uganda, raising fears of serious disease outbreaks.
Thousands of people who escaped gunshots when fighting broke out on December 15, 2013, in the country are now staring death in the face if no quick solutions are availed soon.
According to Plan Uganda, a relief civil society organisation on the scene, women and children at Buratuki camp wake up as early as 1am in the morning and barely fill their 10 litre containers by nightfall.
The camp, Plan Uganda says, has one borehole that serves over 7000 people.
Often families go without meals until late in the evening because of lack of water.
A 17 year-old Mary laments: “This place has no water. On a few occasions, a truck brings water and fills that tank but getting it is a real struggle. I cannot tussle with adults, as they threaten to beat me up.”
According to UNHCR, about 23,500 refugees had crossed to Uganda by January 7, to seek shelter from the fighting
The agency reported constraints copping with the water and sanitation demand for the growing numbers at the transit and reception centres in Arua and Adjumani districts.
Plan Uganda’s Negussie Amsalu says that the organisation is striving to garner resources to put up some boreholes and engage sanitation standards in the camps.