Uganda-South Sudanese Forms Network On Refugees Reporting.

By on July 5, 2017

Journalists from Uganda and South Sudan have formed a network which aims at addressing South Sudanese refugees’ information needs in Uganda the host country for the refugees.

The network termed as ‘’Cross Border Network’’ aims at promoting training and content sharing between radio stations in the cross border of South Sudan and Uganda.

In a Friday 30th June 2017 press statement, The Ugandan coordinator for journalists, Moses Odokonyero who also doubles as the Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) chairperson says there are over one million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda which requires unique information needs.

He added that the network intends to address the existing gaps in reporting plights of the refugees.

Part of the press statement reads, ‘’ One million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda is a significant population with unique information needs. Equally important is the information needs of their host communities. The network intends to address this existing gap.’’ says Moses Odokonyero.

Josephine Aciro the South Sudan coordinator for the network says the network will enable collaboration between Uganda and South Sudan journalists. She adds that it will also enable information sharing and knowledge to relatives of South Sudanese relatives on what is happening in Uganda.

Establishment of the network followed a June 19th to 23rd meeting in Kampala supported by DW Akademie a German media development organization.

Currently the network has 24 radio stations from different parts of South Sudan and North Western Uganda according to the press statement.

Reports from United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there are about 1.2 million South Sudanese refugees currently living in Uganda.

By Emmy Daniel Ojara.Gulu.

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