Donors pledge $352 million to help Uganda's South Sudanese refugees

Uganda: UN urges global community to solve conflicts

The U.N. children's fund in Uganda this week said it requires almost $50 million this year as well as $30 million each year from 2018 to 2020 to provide critical services, including education and child protection, to both refugees and host communities.

This funding will be used to increase both the self-reliance of refugees and the socio-economic development of their hosting communities in Northern Uganda, further integrating refugees into the local economy in the medium to long-term.

With Uganda hosting more than one million South Sudanese refugees "as sisters and brothers and sharing with them their land and everything they have", United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged the global community to show solidarity with those that had fled their homes, as well as with the Ugandan Government and people.

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Food aid soon will run out for almost a million South Sudanese sheltering in Uganda in what has become the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis, the United Nations refugee chief said Friday.

United Nations chief meets South Sudan refugees in the camp who are awaiting relocation.

While the stated goal of the summit is to raise $2 billion for the coming year, organisers say $8 billion is needed to deal with the crisis for the coming four years. "That is what is forcing people to run from their land", said Wadri Sam Nykua, the top government official in Arua, Uganda, welcoming the European Union and United Nations officials to the refugee settlement.

Appealing for funds, Guterres said worldwide solidarity with Uganda was "not a matter of generosity, it is a matter of justice".

"South Sudan's leaders 'do not deserve the people of their country", Guterres said, stressing that the South Sudanese people have been suffering enormously "in an endless war".

South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, achieved independence in 2011.

In August 2015, a peace deal was signed but it collapsed in July past year when fighting broke out in Juba, spreading violence across the country.

There were already some 200,000 living in Uganda due to the initial outbreak of fighting in 2013, with the latest influx pushing the overall number close to a million.

More than 270,000 are housed in Bidibidi settlement, which overtook Kenya's Dadaab earlier this year as the biggest refugee camp in the world. Most have arrived in the past year.

The summit will not include discussions on how to end the ongoing fighting, and there is no peace process in sight.

"Peace in South Sudan is a must for these people to be able to have a future", said the Secretary-General.



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