The Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission has contributed 940,000 dollars to support key elements of UNICEF's child protection program in four conflict-affected districts in northern Uganda.
A statement from the UNICEF office in Kampala says the contribution will assist projects for the protection and social and economic reintegration of children and adolescents, subjected to or at risk of violence, exploitation and abuse. An estimated 41,900 children and more than 8,000 persons aged between 19 and 24 years, living in camps for internally displaced persons and areas of IDP return and resettlement in Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum and Pader Districts, will benefit from the projects.
UNICEF Representative in Uganda, Keith McKenzie, said he was encouraged by the European Commission's continued solidarity with and support for the children and women of northern Uganda. He said the donation will strengthen the frontline effort to build a protective environment for some of Uganda's most vulnerable children.