Thursday 22 February 2018

EU doubles funding for South Sudan refugees in Uganda

EU doubles funding for South Sudan refugees in Uganda
(APA 08/22/17)
EU doubles funding for South Sudan refugees in Uganda

The European Union (EU) department for humanitarian aid and civil protection said it is doubling funding to International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to support South Sudanese refugees in the Ugandan districts of Yumbe and Moyo.

The increase in funding from one to two million Euros comes hot on the heels of an announcement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kampala that the number of displaced persons from South Sudan has surpassed the one million mark.

The donation, according to a statement, will be channeled through IOM and its partner organisation, Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

Initially, the EU Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) had pledged Euros 1million for water and sanitation projects in the two districts but given the continued influx of the refugees, added another Euros 1m.

ECHO resident representative, Isabelle D’Haudt said the move was to show solidarity with Uganda for its continued support to refugees.

The donation, according to a statement, will be channeled through IOM and its partner organisation, Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

The announcement of the new funds reportedly brings to Euros 2.2million the total IOM funding for the two districts of Uganda.

The head of IOM in Uganda, Ali Abdi, praised the EU and the government for the continued support to South Sudanese refugees, especially as the influx keeps increasing every day.

“The EU has been an unwavering partner of the people of Uganda and of IOM, and we see yet again that the EU is coming in where help is critically needed,” Abdi said in a statement issued by IOM.

Currently, Uganda is ranked 5th among nations with the largest refugee population in the world, 2016 estimates from the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) show.

According UNHCR South Sudanese refugees currently living in Uganda exceeded one million and called for urgent additional support.

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