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Inadequate Funding Affecting Relocation of Refugees to Nakivale Settlement Camp

The government and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees-UNHCR have since Monday been relocating refugees from the Nyakabande Refugee reception center in Kisoro district who were displaced by fighting between the M23 rebels and DRC soldiers.
Minister Esther Anyakunin pink Jacket walks out of the Rubondo Health Center II maternity Ward

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The relocation of refugees to Nakivale Refugee Settlement Camp in Isingiro District has been delayed by the lack of funds.

The government and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees-UNHCR have since Monday been relocating refugees from the Nyakabande Refugee reception center in Kisoro district who were displaced by fighting between the M23 rebels and DRC soldiers.

During the tour of Nakivale Refugee Settlement by officials from the European Union, USAID, and the State Minister of Refugee and Disaster Preparedness Esther Anyakun among others, the UNHCR Country Representative Joel Boutre says they are facing a challenge to attend to the current refugee emergencies in Uganda since the funding from the donor community is less than the needed 40 Million USD.

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He says some of the challenges faced include the reduction of food, and insufficient services for Education, Water, and Health.

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Anyakun, says that despite relocating the first batch of refugees Nyakabande reception center is overwhelmed since they receive refugees on a daily basis.

She says the government is tasked with advocating for more funding and fulfilling her pledge since the services needed like water and health are also under heavy pressure.

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Mark Mutawe, the Commandant of Nakivale Refugee Settlement Camp says with the new arrivals the camp currently has 142,000 refugees.

He says they are sometimes delayed to resettle the new arrivals because of a lack of food ratios.   Mutawe adds that more than 1,000 new arrivals are still waiting at the Kabazana reception center for a week now.

Last week the UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov during a press briefing in Geneva said that the UN Refugee Agency and 44 humanitarian partners are urgently appealing for US$47.8 million to respond to the critical needs of thousands of refugees who arrived in Uganda this year, fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and sporadic clashes in South Sudan.