In Summary
  • The United Nations refugee agency announced on Friday that Uganda is now hosting nearly 675,000 South Sudanese as rising numbers pour into camps.
  • Mr Egeland pointed out that many more refugees entered Uganda last year than the total of all who crossed the Mediterranean into Europe.

A refugee relief agency is drawing a critical contrast between US President Donald Trump's exclusionary policy and Uganda's open-door response to hundreds of thousands South Sudanese fleeing violence.

Mr Trump on Friday ordered the suspension of all refugee admissions to the US.

The United Nations refugee agency announced on the same day that Uganda is now hosting nearly 675,000 South Sudanese as rising numbers pour into camps.

“The poor are generous and welcoming, and we the rich are increasingly xenophobic and unwelcoming to those who desperately need protection,” Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, told US-based ABC News.

Mr Egeland pointed out that many more refugees entered Uganda last year than the total of all who crossed the Mediterranean into Europe.

Close to half-a-million South Sudanese came to Uganda while about 360,000 people sought refuge in Europe in 2016, the Norwegian council said.

"The United States is the wealthiest country on the planet,” commented Joel Charny, director of Norwegian Refugee Council USA.

“The size and strength of its military are unparalleled.”

Page 1 of 2