South Sudan refugees sell relief items to get basic necessities

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On 17 November 2016 saa 03:13
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The relief items that are being sold by the refugees in local markets include among others carpets, blankets, farm tools, mosquito nets, water containers, solar-power lamps.

Several markets in West Nile are flooded with relief items that have being sold by South Sudan refugees to market vendors who resell them.

The relief items were distributed by relief agencies like the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

The refugees reportedly vend relief items to get money to buy other “necessities of their choice.”

The relief items that are being sold by the refugees in local markets include among others carpets, blankets, farm tools, mosquito nets, water containers, solar-power lamps.

Mr Robert Baryamwesiga, the Bidibidi Settlement commandant confirmed the booming trade in relief items which are marked with the UNHCR logo.

He said the refugees sell solar-power lamps at Shs30, 000 and the traders re-sale the lamps on the open market at Shs52,000.

Bidibidi Settlement camps hosts about 213,279 refugees.

Mr Elias Wudango the Refugee Welfare Council chairperson said some refugees sell the items to buy food whenever food which is given to them once a month, runs out.

“Some of the refugees sell the relief items and use the money to grind cereals that are given to them while others want to buy food because relief food distribution sometimes delays," he said.

The Refugee Desk Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr Solomon Osakan they would impound the items from vendors who re-sale them,” he said.

Yumbe District Police Commander, Mr Abubaker Musiho said some of the items have been impounded by police.


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