Refugees register at a camp in Uganda. PHOTO | FILE
In 2020, Uganda hosted the largest number of refugees in the region, with South Sudan accounting for 1.4 million of displaced persons.
According official data, South Sudan remains the biggest originator of displaced people in the region accounting for 2.2 million refugees out of the total 82.4 million globally.
In a report released on June 18, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), says that the East Africa, the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region had 4.5 million refugees by the end of 2020, an increase of three percent or during the year under review.
The UNHCR appeals to world and leaders in the eastern African region to act to reverse the trend of soaring displacement and step up their efforts to foster peace, stability and cooperation in order to halt and begin reversing nearly a decade-long trend of surging displacement driven by violence and persecution.