By Maurice Eriku
Civil society activists in Arua district are calling the government and other stakeholders in West Nile to lobby resources to manage the post refugee influx.
While addressing cultural, religious and the private sector in Arua district conference hall, Akuma Moses Odims, the board chair of ADINGON says, the hosting communities have fallen prey to handouts from aid agencies which is immensely breeding dependency.
Mandebo Moses, the lead facilitator and program manager ARCOD challenged the cultural and religious leaders to step up efforts to spear head interventions to address the devastating socio economic impacts of the refugee influx on local communities in West Nile.
Alekua Jaffari, an elder and member of the Lugbara Kari cultural institution says the prevailing dependency syndrome was suffered by West Nile in the late 1970’s. He called upon the locals to embrace Agriculture to avert famine and starvation.
Meanwhile Feni Twaib, the CEO of ADINGON says they have zeroed on the cultural and religious leaders to enhance capacity for local refugee and other disaster response because of the vast experience they have.
The participants among others discussed disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action as key interventions in post refugee crisis management. End