The Japanese government has donated 4 million dollars to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), to assist the Government to manage the welfare of South Sudanese Refugees. Announcing the assistance at the Prime Ministers' office, the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda Junzo Fujita said that the South Sudanese refugees are facing untold suffering in refugee camps due to lack of funds by the UNHCR.
Announcing the assistance at the Prime Ministers' office, the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda Junzo Fujita said that the South Sudanese refugees are facing untold suffering in refugee camps due to lack of funds by the UNHCR.
He told the Minister of Relief and Disaster Preparedness Hillary Onek that the Japanese government is equally touched with the plight of the people of South Sudan and they are calling upon warring parties to speed up the process so that the displaced people can return home.
Uganda is hosting close to 400,000 refugees from South Sudan camped in refugee centers in West Nile but for some time due to lack of funds the UN Agency for Refugees has been not providing all the required facilities and items.
The Minister for Disaster Preparedness Hillary Onek commended the Japanese Government for being one of the leading donors to UNHCR and the Disaster Department which has surpassed over 1 billion dollars in recent years.
Hillary told the Ambassador that as a result of the intervention by the Japanese Government a number of resettlement and rehabilitation programs are going on in Northern Uganda through Japanese International Cooperation facilitating returnees in the war torn Acholi region.
The Minister appealed to the Japanese Government to support the Country to establish an automated Disaster Early Warning system to allow the Government to save lives and property lost whenever disasters strike like the recent one in Kasese and Bududa.
Japan will be hosting the 3rd International Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which will take place in the city of Sedai in March 2015.