More than $350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda

More than $350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda

A ‘Solidarity Summit’ for refugees hosted by Uganda has raised some $358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced today.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, that it was a “good starting point” although the international conference was looking to raise $2 billion.

Hosted by President Yoweri Museveni and the UN Secretary-General, the Summit sought to rally international support for refugees and host communities in the form of donations, investments and relevant programmes, over the next four years. Mr. Guterres noted that the World Bank and the African Development Bank had promised “innovative funding” for projects involving both refugees and the local communities.

“Solidarity Summit” in Kampala, Uganda. Secretary-General António Guterres co-chairs the Summit with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda.

“We cannot stop,” he underscored, recalling that several of the countries agreed to put forward their pledges in the weeks to come.

Uganda: Africa’s fastest-growing refugee emergency

Uganda is hosting a little over 1.2 million refugees and asylum seekers, some 950,000 of them are from war-torn South Sudan, according to estimates from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also a co-chair of the international conference.

Furthermore, perhaps 2,000 people a day are crossing the border into northern Uganda’ Arua district. The majority are women and children who arrive exhausted and hungry, with little more than the clothes on their backs. Some of them even have their first meal at the Imvepi reception centre, after walking for days to reach safety, UNHCR field workers confirmed. The mass influx has triggered a humanitarian emergency, what the Secretary-General described as the “biggest refugee exodus since the genocide in Rwanda.”

The Government of Uganda, the UN team in in the east Africans country, including its humanitarian partners, are all struggling to respond to this emergency. The new arrivals need life-saving assistance such as water, food and health services.

Source: Reliefweb. Read full information.
26 June, 2017