May 28, 2022

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UN agency seeks $47m for refugees in Uganda

The UN refugee agency and 44 humanitarian partners launched an emergency appeal on Friday to provide food for thousands of refugees who have arrived in Uganda this year.

Most of the refugees are facing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and sporadic clashes in South Sudan.

Since January, Uganda has taken in more than 35,000 refugees, a third of whom have arrived from the DRC in the past three weeks and are facing the Escalation of conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and reports of violence in South Sudan have led to intense fighting in North Kivu and Ituri.

According to a statement released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday afternoon to an increase in the number of refugees Number of refugees entering Uganda.

The UNHCR appeal focuses on the care of the new arrivals in the year 20 22.

“Uganda is the largest receiving country for refugees in Africa and continues to show solidarity and offer people on the run safe asylum. The Ugandan government, UNHCR and interagency humanitarian partners have joined forces to provide emergency assistance to newly arriving refugees, mainly women and children, who are in urgent need of protection and humanitarian assistance,” said Hon. Esther Anyakun, Uganda’s Minister of State for Aid, Disaster Risk Reduction and Refugees .

“Uganda’s exemplary asylum policy needs continued generous support,” said Joel Boutroue, UNHCR official. “As a multi-agency partner, we are requesting $47.8 million to address urgent needs for shelter, food, shelter and essential household items.”

Francis Iwa, Executive Director of local NGO Care and Assistance for Forced Migrants (CAFOMI) said: “While the world’s attention is on Ukraine, we urge peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Otherwise, the multi-agency partners will need additional resources and supplies to meet the humanitarian imperative of the people who have fled to Uganda.”

With the influx of refugees into Uganda, resources are currently scarce.

< p>This has forced authorities in Kampala to notify both South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, saying they must pay for the welfare of their citizens living as refugees in Uganda.

Officials said last week the move was one of many measures being considered as interventions against a mounting refugee burden that has led to more people entering the country and gradually dwindling resources from the UN and the international community /p>

According to the country’s Minister for Disaster Risk Reduction and Refugees, Mr. Hillary Onek, Uganda has started meeting with representatives of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of k Congo to work together to agree on how the two countries can contribute financially to the well-being of the people.

Uganda is currently hosting more than 1 0.5 million refugees and needs about 800 million this year alone dollars to feed the refugees. However, only US$41 million has been received from donor communities.