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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.

Uganda has secured 115 billion Shillings (€30 million) to support thousands of South Sudan refugees hosted in various resettlement centres across the country. 

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.
 

 

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Sylvia Nankya
Sylvia is an Editor and Media Trainer with Uganda Radio Network. She has been a URN staff member since 2013. Sylvia has previously worked as a reporter and news anchor with Radio One (2001-2009) and with Vision Group (2009-2011). Six of her active years in Journalism were spent covering the Parliament of Uganda.

Over the past few years, Sylvia has worked to promote the positive development of societies recovering from conflict through training journalists on choices of stories, how they report issues and use of appropriate language in covering conflict and post-conflict situations.

She is an Alumni of RNTC- Holland, Les Aspin Centre for Government at Marquette University-WI, USA and a Community Solutions Fellow.