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UNHCR Pledges US$ 31m for Refugees in Uganda :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UNHCR Pledges US$ 31m for Refugees in Uganda

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda welcomed the funding saying it would make the refugees lives better. He says with enough funding, better services like classrooms, health facilities and also adequate food can be achieved for the refugees.

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The United Nations High commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) has pledged to support Uganda with 31 million US dollars to facilitate the hosting of refugees.

Uganda hosts over 600,000 refugees majorly from south Sudan. Conflict broke out in Juba on 7th July  following clashes between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of his deputy Riek Machar. The fighting led to the displacement of over 1.6 million people.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi who is on a visit to Uganda notes that  the funding will be given in phases of 14 millon this year and 17 million in the next year.

Grandi says the UN is fully in support of the Ugandan policy which enables refugees contribute to the economy but also become sustainable through the provision of land, adding that Uganda has a great response to refugee crisis. 

Grandi however said he visited Nyumanzi settlement camp in West Nile over the weekend and met refugees who claimed they were not getting enough.  He says he hopes Government will work towards changing the conditions.

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Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda welcomed the funding saying it would make the refugees lives better. He says with enough funding, better services like classrooms, health facilities and also adequate food can be achieved for the refugees.

Uganda had budgeted for 42 million dollars to host the refugees, but it has been operating with a tight budget of 21 million dollars.

Uganda is grappling with funding for refugee hosting and as a result it has reduced food rations to thousands of refugees  who have spent at least more than three years in the country.

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