Germany Commits 16 Million Euros For South Sudan Refugees

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The commitment to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR is to improve access to education, better housing and increased access to drinking water.

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has announced a grant of 16 million Euros to assist South Sudan refugees in Uganda.
The commitment to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is to improve access to education, better housing and increased access to drinking water.
A press statement issued by the German Embassy in Uganda states that the contribution will benefit nearly one million South Sudan refugees.
"The funds will be deployed over a period of three years, including 13 million Euros in 2017, two million in 2018 and one million in 2019," it reads in part.
Petra Kochendörfer, the Chargé d'Affaires of the German Embassy in Kampala said "Germany has been a political, humanitarian and development partner for Uganda since long and will continue to support Uganda in this challenging situation".

According to the statement, an unparalleled influx of refugees from South Sudan places huge burden and responsibility upon Uganda. It adds that UNHCR and its partners will use the funds to construct semi-permanent classrooms and expand secondary schools.
The money is also to procure shelter materials and tool kits and to maintain existing water supply systems in northern Uganda, especially the districts hosting the largest number of refugees such as Yumbe, Arua, Adjumani and Moyo.
Bornwell Kantande, UNHCR's Representative in Uganda said Germany's ongoing commitment to help people fleeing violence in South Sudan is very welcome.
"It's not only about providing life-saving services, but also about helping refugees regain the dignity they have lost to years of senseless war," he added.
The latest contribution is in addition to the over 6.5 million Euros that Germany donated this year to UNHCR's operations providing protection and humanitarian assistance to South Sudan refugees in the East and Horn of Africa.
Uganda is home to nearly 1.3 million refugees, including more than 950,000 from South Sudan. The refugee population has more than doubled over the last year, following a new conflict in South Sudan in July 2016.
On 22 and 23 June, President Yoweri Museveni and Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General convened the Solidarity Summit on Refugees in Kampala to rally international support for refugees and their host communities in Uganda.


About the author

Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.