The funding was announced today by Christos Stylianides, the EU commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management who is currently in Uganda. He is visiting the Bidibidi; a new settlement that has become one of the largest refugee-hosting areas in the world.
This is part of a total package of 300 billion Shillings (€78 million), earmarked by the European Commission to provide emergency aid to persons affected by the South Sudan conflict which has displaced over three million people.
Of this, 153 billion Shillings (€40 million) will be allocated to humanitarian organizations in South Sudan, 115 billion Shillings (€30 million) will help displaced South Sudan nationals in Uganda, and a further 30 billion Shillings (€8 million) will be spent on various activities in neighboring Sudan.
The funding will contribute to life-saving activities in South Sudan, and to meet urgent needs of the displaced population in the neighboring countries in terms of shelter, nutrition, healthcare, sanitation and protection.
Of the funds allocated to Uganda, 38 billion Shillings (€10 million) will come from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
The funding was announced today by Christos Stylianides, the EU commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management who is currently in Uganda. He is visiting the Bidibidi; a new settlement that has become one of the largest refugee-hosting areas in the world. It is now home to 170,000 South Sudanese refugees.
"Our new funding will help our humanitarian partner organizations get lifesaving aid to those who need it most." Commissioner Christos Stylianides said.
Over 1 million refugees from South Sudan have fled to neighboring countries, with the number expected to grow. At least 250,000 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.
Uganda now hosts nearly 800 000 refugees. This makes it one of the largest refugee and asylum-seekers hosting country in the world. Other refugees in Uganda are mainly from Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.