KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
An ongoing biometric verification of refugee
numbers in Uganda on Thursday surpassed 1 million people, a
spokesperson of the UN refugee agency here said.
Duniya Aslam Khan,
spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) office in Uganda said so far 1 million refugees
have been verified out of an estimated 1.4 million.
“The biometric data
verification will assist the government to better assess refugee
data in the country, ensuring greater accuracy and efficiency to
get the refugees the support they need,” Khan said.
Uganda started the
biometric verification exercise in March this year following
allegations that some senior government officials mismanaged
funds meant to support refugees and inflated the number of
refugees in the country.
UNHCR figures show
that Uganda currently hosts about 1.4 million refugees, mainly
from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and