U.S Government Gives UGX 140B For Refugees

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The funds, which will be channeled through the World Food Programme, will cater for 44,000 metric tonnes of food assistance to those fleeing increased conflict and the deteriorating security situation in South Sudan.

The United States government has allocated 140 billion Shillings fund towards the purchase of food for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

The money, to be channeled through the World Food Programme, will be used to buy over r 44,000 metric tonnes of food to those fleeing increased conflict and the deteriorating security situation in South Sudan.
In a statement, U.S Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac says the increase in refugee flows has placed a significant burden on relief agencies and Ugandan authorities managing reception centers and existing refugee settlements.
Malac says the contribution will help assist WFP's protracted relief and recovery operations in affected areas.
"This support highlights the U.S. Government's commitment to addressing the humanitarian food and nutrition needs among refugees in Uganda," Malac says.
She says the funds will also benefit Ugandan farmers, as part of the contribution will be used to purchase food from local markets.
Over 1 million refugees from South Sudan have fled to neighboring countries due to internal strife, with the number expected to grow. At least 500,000 of these have entered Uganda after the outbreak of violence in July. The massive flow of refugees to Uganda is triggered by the new dynamics of the conflict, which has spread to areas close to Uganda. 

The Ambassador also commended government's efforts to manage the refugee situation, adding that the U.S will continue to encourage international donors to provide more humanitarian support to ensure the most vulnerable populations receive much-needed food and nutrition assistance.
With this latest contribution, USAID in 2016 has provided more than $86 million in humanitarian assistance in Uganda and complements the five-year, $150 million U.S. Government Feed the Future Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative.
Last week, the Swedish government has allocated 15 billion shillings ($4.3 m) for support towards South Sudan refugees living in Uganda.

The funds will be spent through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide protection activities, provisional shelter, water, sanitation, health services, treatment of malnourished children and food aid as well as creating livelihoods opportunities for refugees. 


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.