A refugee from South Sudan Kiden Alice Hope transports food she received from the World Food Program (WFP) in Palorinya settlement camp for distribution in Moyo district northern Uganda October 26, 2017. REUTERS/James Akena
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Oliver Wani found sanctuary from South Sudan's civil war in a Ugandan refugee camp.The 45-year-old farmer was one of more than a million South Sudanese living in sprawling camps just across the border in northern Uganda, seeking refuge from the four-year war that has devastated their homeland.Refugees from South Sudan have been arriving in Uganda at an average rate of 35,000 a month this year.The memory of the crops Oliver had left behind proved too tempting and he returned to South Sudan to find food.Food distributions did not start at the camp until Oct. 26, WFP said.It takes two weeks to complete a distribution, so tens of thousands of refugees did got no food that month.At least eight refugees from Palorinya were killed in South Sudan after returning to look for food in October, according to family members and the Anglican church, which tracks civilian deaths.In August and September, when rations were distributed normally, just two refugees from the camp were killed when they returned to find food, the church diocese in South Sudan's volatile Kajo Keji region said.Refugees said even when food arrives, it doesn't last a month.
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