Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he hopes around a million refugees from South Sudan will return home following the signing of a peace deal to end the civil war by the country’s leaders, news agency Reuters reports.
“We hope that with the UN support in regards to food and basic essentials, the refugees could return home by January and take advantage of the rains… to grow some food,” Mr Museveni was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his office.
About two million South Sudanese are internally displaced, while a similar number have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
On Sunday, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a ceasefire and power-sharing deal to end nearly five years of conflict.
Uganda’s welcoming attitude towards refugees has been praised by the UN and other international organisations.
The government gives South Sudanese a plot of land to allow them to build a home and start a farm.