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Uganda: 93 families affected by oil refinery construction living without access to clean water & education facilities

Author: Doris Atwijukire (Africa Institute for Energy Governance), in Daily Monitor (Uganda), Published on: 2 October 2015

"Government should address plight of oil refinery affected families"

...Kabale, Buseruka, and Hoima District, particularly the 93 oil refinery affected families are in dire need. These are families who chose resettlement instead of compensation; others rejected the inadequate compensation and for more than three years, the government has not compensated and relocated them...These families are living in inhuman conditions without social amenities such as health centres, clean water and schools. Their right to a clean and healthy environment as guaranteed under Article 39 of the Constitution and a right to life as guaranteed under Article 22 of the Constitution are being denied to them. Moreover, the only two schools in the area, Nyahaira and Kyapaloni primary schools were closed down. Girls are particularly at risk of sexual violence as they pass through the bushes to go to distant schools.

...In fact, some of their children have stopped going to school due to fear of being attacked by wild animals or criminals. The over three years of delay by the government to adequately compensate all the oil refinery affected people has exposed the families remaining in the area to untold suffering...

...[The] government should urgently fulfill its constitutional duty of adequately compensating all the affected people and resettle those who asked for relocation in a new area with basic services such as houses, clean water, schools, health centres and roads. Those who rejected unfair rates should be paid fair and adequate compensation to enable them buy land elsewhere.

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