Kampala. International film star Forest Whitaker is in the county to make an appeal for support to the international community to support Uganda to adequately cater for the refugees.
Uganda hosts one of the biggest number of refugees in the world.
Mr Whitaker, famed for his lead role in The Last King of Scotland, is a special envoy at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the rate of new arrivals into Uganda has increased, with a total of 24,277 South Sudanese refugees being received in Uganda between January 25 and January 31.
The influx peaked for the week on January 28, when more than 4,500 refugees were received.
The average daily rate of new arrivals for the week was 3,468.
Addressing the journalists at the United Nations (UN) offices in Kampala, Mr Whitaker said, in order to attain peace and prosperity, communities and nations must heed the voices of their diverse and vibrant youth.
“I am glad to be here, the youth we have worked with have showed positive achievements. We would like to also work and help youth from South Sudan who have been affected by the war,” Mr Whitaker, also founder of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, said.
He added: “We would like to hear their stories. We try to support the ideas that the youth in Uganda and other parts of the world have to improve their lives,” .
And as Uganda hit the one million refugee mark, UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme, Rosa Malango, applauded communities for offering land to refugees to settle.
She said: “It is now critical to look at the quality of life of refugees and standards of living in the communities.”
Mr Whitaker’s commitment to peace and social justice has led him to work in close collaboration with UNESCO.