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US Govt Donates UGX 89 Billion for South Sudan Refugees :: Uganda Radionetwork
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US Govt Donates UGX 89 Billion for South Sudan Refugees

The US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac announced the contribution today in a meeting attended by the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hillary Onek and the United Nations High commissioner for Refugees at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala.

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The United States Government has donated USD 25.2 million (89 billion Shillings) to support interventions for South Sudan refugees in Uganda.

The US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac announced the contribution today in a meeting attended by the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hillary Onek and the United Nations High commissioner for Refugees at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala.

Ambassador Malac stated that the funds are earmarked for activities in Uganda in response specifically to UNHCR 2017 supplementary appeal in support of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. The United Nations Refugee Agency last month revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to address new needs of those who have been displaced due to renewed fighting, increased violence and food insecurity in South Sudan.

The revised requirements now amount to USD 781.8 million (2.7 trillion Shillings), some USD 297.9 million (1.053 trillion Shillings) higher than the earlier budget of USD 483.9 million (1.7 trillion Shillings). Of this, an allocation of USD 283.8 million (1.1 trillion Shillings) is proposed for activities in Uganda, where majority of the South Sudan refugees are hosted. Uganda is hosting over 1 million refugees, almost half of them from South Sudan.

Ambassador Malac says the funds will be used to support programs targeting gender based violence, livelihoods, improved protection, water and sanitation and health services to refugees.

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Malac called for more states that can afford to fund Uganda's effort to host South Sudan refugees stating that the continuous influx of refugees is overwhelming. 

Ajit Fernando the deputy country Director United Nations High commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) says the funds have come at the right time. He welcomed Malac's call for more countries to join and support the massive refugee influx.

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Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hillary Onek says the influx is stretching the Government, he says the land given to refugees for instance is reducing as more and more refugees come. He however says they are still at the capacity.

He says however much support is needed or the refugee situation can end badly.

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Fighting broke out between forces loyal to First Vice president Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir in 2013, the president accused Machar of attempted coup d'etat while Machar accused Salva Kiir of an assassination plot. This continuous war has left millions displaced and thousands killed.

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