USD 86 Million Required to Respond to Refugee Influx

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Currently Uganda is home to 315,000 refugees. Of these 51,570 are new arrivals from South Sudan where soldiers royals to President Salva Kiir have been fighting intensely with a breakaway faction led by his former vice president Riek Machar. They are entering through the entry points of Adjumani, Koboko, Arua, and Kiryadongo districts.

Uganda requires up to USD 86 Million to be able to respond to the influx of refugees in the country, state minister for disaster preparedness Musa Echweru says.

This as the government and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees made a humanitarian appeal for financial assistance to respond to the need.

Echweru says the appeal came after an assessment by both government and some donor agencies on the situation in the west Nile region. The region is hosting over 60,000 refugees that fled to the West Nile region especially from South Sudan a situation which Echweru says is burdening.

He describes the situation of the refugees from South Sudan as deplorable and adds that the funds will only take care of the situation for the next six months.

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Currently Uganda is home to 315,000 refugees. Of these 51,570 are new arrivals from South Sudan where soldiers royals to President Salva Kiir have been fighting intensely with a breakaway faction led by his former vice president Riek Machar. They are entering through the entry points of Adjumani, Koboko, Arua, and Kiryadongo districts.

The most critical situation is in Adjumani district where close to 30,000 refugees are still in Transit Centre’s which have a capacity of only 5000 persons.

Michael Dunford, the World Food Programme Deputy Country Director tells URN that they are feeding all the 60,000 refugees from South Sudan. They have prioritized the South Sudanese giving them 100 percent food ration and unfortunately cut down portions for those who arrived in 2012 and 2013 by 50 percent.

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 According to the Office of the Prime Minister, registration statistics show very irregular patterns of displacement with 65percent of the new arrivals being children under the age of 18. There is a disproportional lack of male adults with only 36 percent of the adult population being male.

Combined, this indicates 87percent of new arrivals mainly from Jongolei State in South Sudan and early arrivals from Juba being women and children increasing the vulnerability of the population.

The government and the donors will also return to West Nile to provide support supervision on a number of needs before the rainy season to avert the risk of communicable infections.

Meanwhile, Minister Echweru says government is planning to immunize all children from South Sudan so as to protect Ugandan children and avert a possible spread of disease. Initial reports indicated that some child refugees entered the country with measles.

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