EU To Make Fresh Pledge To Refugees In Uganda

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The Spokesman for UN High Commission for Refugees in Kampala, Rocco Nuri is optimistic that the high-level Refugees summit to be attended by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres will raise the needed money.

The European Union is is expected to make fresh pledges in support of refuges in Uganda at the refugees summit in Kampala.

The solidarity summit to be hosted by Uganda opens this week attended by the U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.

Antonio Guterres, formerly the head of  UN High Commission For Refugees( UNHCR) is expected to use the occasion to call on donor countries and other high-ranking international officials to donate to Uganda's refugees cause.

Uganda expects to raise $2 billion dollars  from the summit out of the $8 billion dollars needed to for refugees support in  the next four years.

European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides has confirmed participation at the summit to be held at Speak Resort in Kampala.

The EU Delegation office in Kampala announced that commitments to the refugees plight will be announced during the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, taking place between 22 and 23 June. It is not yet clear how munch the European Union will provide. The EU has however urged what it called all non-traditional donors to join the effort.

European Union  and its Member States in Uganda already fund 47% of the humanitarian response to the South Sudan emergency.  
 
Since mid-2016, the population of refugees in Uganda has more than doubled to over 1,2 million and with refugees arriving from South Sudan at a rate of more than 2000 per day, the number is steadily increasing. Uganda is experiencing one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.

The Spokesman for UN High Commission for Refugees in Kampala, Rocco Nuri is optimistic that the high-level Refugees summit to be attended   by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres will raise the needed money.

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He says there is need for more engagement with donors and some of the developed countries to contribute to Uganda's support for refugees coming from its neighboring countries.

The summit in Kampala is being held at the time when some aid agencies are saying that international response in Uganda is failing refugees.
 
Medical Charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a statement said international donors must prioritise life-saving supplies such as food and water to prevent a medical emergency.
 
 
Tara Newell, MSF's operations manager for Uganda said majority of refugees live in settlements without water plants, and rely on a handful of boreholes and water.

 
 Without a longer-term and more cost-effective solution, people's ability to cope, as well as their health, will deteriorate," said Newell.  
 
 
Uganda according to MSF receives about 2,000 new arrivals every day, the vast majority of them fleeing violence in South Sudan.

MSF says keeping pace with the growing refugee population is proving impossible and the Ugandan Government is increasingly stretched.

Uganda is he largest host country of refugees in Africa, taking in more than triple the amount of people who arrived in Europe by sea in 2016.

Many countries according to MSF have shamefully introduced restrictive migration policies and sought to limit the arrival of refugees at their borders, promising instead to support refugees closer to their country of origin. Yet they have not delivered on this promise - only 17 per cent of the needs in the Uganda refugee response have been funded.

Meanwhile U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres in his World Refuge Day message on Tuesday thanked countries like Uganda wit least often doing more for refugees.

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