Uganda is now host to more than 900,000 refugees. Most of these have run from South Sudan where refugees have been crossing into Uganda at an average rate of 2,500 persons per day, fleeing a conflict characterized by high levels of sexual violence and other atrocities. They are in urgent need of water, food, shelter and clothing.
The donation was announced by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda The Most Reverend Stanley Ntagali. He was speaking during the consecration of the new Bishop of Madi and West Nile Diocese at Emmanuel Cathedral, Mvara in Arua district on Sunday. The diocese that covers the districts in West Nile with the exception of Nebbi and Zombo, hosts the largest refugee community in the country.
Uganda hosts more than 900,000 refugees. Most of these have run from South Sudan where refugees have been crossing into Uganda at an average rate of 2,500 persons per day, fleeing a conflict characterized by high levels of sexual violence and other atrocities. They are in urgent need of water, food, shelter and clothing.
However, the South Sudan crisis still gets less attention and chronic levels of under funding. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says USD 781.8 million (2.7 trillion Shillings) is needed to address new needs of those who have been displaced due to renewed fighting, increased violence and food insecurity in South Sudan.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Reverend Stanley Ntagali said the Church in its mission of identifying with the suffering community has procured 225 tonnes of maize flour and 160 tonnes of beans to be distributed among refugees in the diocese.
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Ntagali says the planning office at the national secretariat will closely work with the diocesan team to deliver the food items. Rev canon Nason Baluku, the National Planning boss at the Anglican Church will lead the team.
Ntagali equally appealed to all the other dioceses to join hands in praying and providing material support to communities that are hosting refugees. He says at this time, the south Sudanese need more help than any other community;
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Rt. Reverend Charles Collins Andaku, the newly installed Bishop of Madi and West Nile Diocese says his focus will include offering psychosocial support to refugee communities.
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The clergy have also called on the governments in the respective countries to engage in peaceful mechanisms to resolve their differences. A similar plea was issued by the Archbishop of Gulu Diocese, John Baptist Odama during the reopening of Ediofe Cathedral in Arua.
Archbishop Odama said South Sudan had lost too many people in a senseless war adding that peace should be given chance.