Imvepi Refugee Settlement

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Imvepi Refugee Settlement
Imvepi Refugee Settlement is located in Uganda
Imvepi Refugee Settlement
Imvepi Refugee Settlement
Coordinates: 3°14′43″N 31°17′03″E / 3.2452°N 31.2841°E / 3.2452; 31.2841Coordinates: 3°14′43″N 31°17′03″E / 3.2452°N 31.2841°E / 3.2452; 31.2841

Imvepi Refugee Settlement is a refugee camp in Terego District (formerly part of Arua District) in northwestern Uganda.[1]

Background[edit]

The Imvepi refugee settlement, one of the newest opened, was established on February 2017 to accommodate South Sudanese asylum seekers fleeing the War at their country of origin; after the Palorinya refugee settlement in Moyo District quickly reached its full capacity and could not receive more number of immigrants because the influx needed an increase in the space provided and Imvepi refugee settlement was just the right option. [2]

History[edit]

Imvepi was and still remains a village, before and after the influx of the refugees, located in Maracha District, Odupi Sub County, Terego county in Uganda. It is divided into three zones; 3 in the West; zone 2 in the Central and zone 1 in the East.[3] Imvepi refugee settlement no longer receives new arrivals, and many refugees are registered at the reception center in Imvepi refugee settlement before being transferred to another settlement, such as the Omugo zone extension in Rhino camp.

Education[edit]

Refugee parents reported children walk long distances to access education services and the school facilities being far and wide took most of their time and often costed them periods to accomplish in class.

The absence of feeding programs in the schools means students have to walk home for lunch and then often do not return to school due to the distance causing high levels of absenteeism. Schools are deficient in classrooms and teachers causing overcrowding, which inhibits children’s learning environment and costs them their educational life.[4]

Water and Sanitation[edit]

Water and Hygiene in Imvepi Refugee Settlement is being run and maintained by ZOA, an NGO and implementing partner. The latrines in the school were not well-maintained, this led to very poor hygiene and sanitation practices, such as open defecation in the bushes behind the school but at their presence and contribution, everything seemed to be in place and the sector improved.[5]

According to UNICEF a total 70 per cent of refugees in Imvepi refugee Settlement have latrines which is a dire contribution for the improvement of the health and sanitation of those living in and around the refugee settlement of Imvepi and a good indicator that things are getting into control and the refugees at good hands.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New refugee settlement opens in Uganda as thousands of South Sudanese continue to flee every day". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Settlement Fact Sheet:Imvepi" (PDF). Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ "70 per cent of refugees in Imvepi Settlement have latrines". www.unicef.org. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  4. ^ "Uganda Refugee Response Monitoring Settlement Fact Sheet: Imvepi (June 2018) - Uganda". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  5. ^ "Water and Hygiene in Imvepi Refugee Settlement". ZOA. Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  6. ^ "70 per cent of refugees in Imvepi Settlement have latrines". www.unicef.org. Retrieved 2020-09-26.