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Refugee Crisis: UNHCR Calls for More Support for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Refugee Crisis: UNHCR Calls for More Support for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

UNHCR says it is stretched in areas of health, water and sanitation and Hygiene Wash and nutrition. Rocco Nuri, a UNHCR officer working with Emergencies, says they are overwhelmed, adding that the situation will worsen unless they receive immediate support.
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR has called for more support towards the refugee responses especially in the areas of water, sanitation and Hygiene. There are an estimated 43,000 Congolese refugees in Uganda fleeing the violence in Ituri Province between the Lendu and Hema.

 

UNHCR says it is stretched in areas of health, water and sanitation and Hygiene (Wash) and nutrition. Rocco Nuri, a UNHCR officer working with Emergencies, says they are overwhelmed, adding that the situation will worsen unless they receive immediate support.

 

Nuri says the refugee supporting agencies will have to sit down and review the projected 60,000 refugees that they had planned for, and see how to budget for additional refugees.  There are 42 partners working with refugees in Uganda. Nuri says for instance in Kyangwali refugee settlement, they need more health Partners and Protection support.

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Two of the refugee partner agencies are involved in

transport and logistics, three in food assistance, three provide shelter, five deal with Water and Sanitation, five in education, seven in livelihood, nine in health and nutrition and twelve in protection.

 

Of these, eight are government and Local Government bodies, nine UN agencies and 25 are Non Governmental Organisations. Fighting among the two communities previously devastated the region from 1999 to the early 2000s, leading to large scale internal displacement and refugee movements to Uganda.

The Lendu-Hema ethnic conflict has its own subplot in the wider DRC conflict but is usually the least reported on, perhaps due to its remoteness and the danger it poses to the national centers of power.

Uganda hosts an estimated 1.3 million refugees majority being from South Sudan, where there has been conflict since 2013 when fighting broke out between forces loyal to President Salvar Kiir, and First Vice President RieK Machar.

 

Uganda has responded to three concurrent emergency influxes from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi among others.

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