Uganda currently hosts over  898,000 refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries.? Renewed insecurity in some of these countries, such as South Sudan, DRC and Burundi, brought an increase in arrival rates as of the end of 2015, putting Ugandan services under strain.?

INFORM measures Uganda's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 5.9/10. Lack of coping capacity is of concern, at 6.9/10. ?

Latest Developments

16/02: Up to 4,000 South Sudanese are crossing into Uganda daily, the highest rate since the escalation on July 2016. Most are processed at Palorinya camp in Moyo district, where food, water, shelter, toilets, and medicine is scarce.?

10/02: A dispute between two communities living on the border between Uganda and Kenya has been reported. The communities in Mayenje (Kenya) and Buyengo (Uganda) are fighting for the control of cross-border land lacking a clearly demarcated boundary.? 

03/02: Between 25 and 31 January over 24,000 South Sudanese refugees crossed into Uganda, at a daily arrival rate of 3,460. This rate is the highest reported since the escalation of violence in South Sudan began, in July 2016. This spike is attributed to an escalation in violence around the Kajo-Keji area, in South Sudan.? 

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Key figures

  • 898,092 Registered refugees in Uganda  [?]
  • 698,030 South Sudanese refugees  [?]
  • 1,400,000 In need of food assistance  [?]

Key priorities

Nutrition: SAM and GAM rates among refugees and in Karamoja are of particular concern.???

Food security: A large proportion of refugees in Uganda depend on food assistance.?

WASH: As the number of refugees is constantly increasing, gaps in the provision of WASH services have been reported. Access to safe drinking water is reported limited in Karamoja, Uganda's poorest region.??

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Information Gaps and needs

  • Information on SGBV, especially in refugee settlements is lacking.
  • Updated numbers for HIV incidence in children and adolescents is lacking.
Key documents

Freedom House


Freedom in the World 2015 - Uganda

Freedom House


Freedom in the World 2016 - Uganda

Human Rights Watch


Uganda - HRW Country Report 2014