By www.mknewslink.com reporter
The United States of America has contributed $221 million towards humanitarian assistance for refugee operations in Uganda during the U.S. government’s Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017).
Doroth Nanyonga; the information Assistant US Mission in Uganda confirmed to www.mknewslink.com that this contribution is meant to support protection and multi-sectoral assistance, including emergency food and nutrition assistance, medical care, water, livelihoods, and prevention and response to gender-based violence, to refugees in Uganda as well as their Ugandan host communities.
The refugee situation in Uganda has reached crisis proportions. As of September 2017, there are more than 1.3 million refugees in the country – including nearly one million who have sought safety from the violence in South Sudan – as well as refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and elsewhere.
This influx has placed increased pressure on the Government of Uganda, local hosting districts, and relief organizations to provide food, shelter, protection, water, and other basic life-saving services.
In response to this crisis, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) provided nearly $135 million in humanitarian assistance to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and multiple non-governmental organizations for protection and multi-sectoral lifesaving assistance for refugees and host communities.
Source:www.mknewslink.com a western Uganda news website.