BY JOYCE BABIRYE –

The UNHCR High Commissioner Mr. Filippo Grandi is visiting Uganda to gain an understanding of the refugee operations in a bid to increase support for refugees.

On 9th March, 2021, he visited Yumbe district to see Bidi Bidi Refugee settlement which hosts 270,000 from South Sudan and the largest number of refugees in Uganda.

He was accompanied by Hon. Jennifer Namuyangu the Minister of State for Local Government, the OPM Under Secretary and Accounting Officer, Mr. Geoffrey Kaima, UNHCR Staff and other stakeholders.

Mr. Filippo and the State Minister for Local Government, Jennifer Namuyangu being welcomed at Twajiiji Primary School

The High Commissioner toured the Hybrid water system, Twajiji Primary School, the Women’s Centre that trains women in making different craft materials and the woodlots that were planted to save the environment.    He also inspected the construction of OPM staff houses at the base camp.

The High Commissioner thanked the Government of Uganda and all stakeholders for providing a safe home for refugees. He also acknowledged that there is a need for the international community to step up investments in education, health, water for production, roads and other sectors. “The future of 1.4 million refugees settled in Uganda, is in your hands” he said.

OPM Staff Staff houses constructed in Bidibidi camp with support from UNHCR