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.
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
“It is important…
Cue out: …
of the year.”//
He says some
of the challenges faced include the reduction of food, and insufficient services for
Education, Water, and Health.
“we are showing…
Cue out: …we
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.
“but right now…
…support from them.”//
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.
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.