France provides critical support for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda with an emergency aid of 300,000 euros (1,02 billion UGX)
The influx has been sudden and has overstretched humanitarian partners who are striving to provide food, water, shelter and other basic needs while expanding services and facilities at transit centres and in settlements.
France considers humanitarian action to be primarily the expression of vital solidarity with victims of disasters and armed conflict. Humanitarian action is part of the comprehensive framework of development assistance. Through its bilateral and multilateral action, France campaigns for “humanitarian access”, a prerequisite for any effective action, which means that affected population must be able to receive all assistance they need in good time and with no obstacle of any sort. Moreover, France devotes a special attention to the situation of women and minors in crisis situations.
Interagency flash appeal – France’s contribution to the emergency response to the refugee influx from South Sudan
During the interagency meeting held on 28th January for the presentation of the emergency response to the refugee influx from South Sudan, the Ambassador of France, H.E. Ms Sophie Makame, announced that France stands ready to provide an immediate critical support for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.
In addition to its regular assessed contribution to the relevant UN agencies, the French Government has indeed mobilised 300,000 euros in emergency funding, in support of an estimated 65,000 new refugees from South Sudan.
200,000 euros will go toward life-saving food assistance by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) while 100,000 euros will be allocated to the United Nations, through the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for critical provision of drinkable water through water trucking in Adjumani and Arua districts. More than 56,000 refugees have arrived in these two districts since 15th December 2013, while more than 9,000 have arrived in Kiryandongo District.
France’s support will enable UNHCR and WFP to continue their support in the first quarter of this year. This will include :
• UNHCR support for the critical sector of water through trucking and supply of water to 16,000 refugees in Adjumani and Arua districts for 4.5 months.
• WFP support to purchase 306 metric tons of cereals and pulses for 50,000 refugees to provide life-saving relief food assistance. The new arrivals are unable to provide their basic food needs and are wholly dependent on WFP.
UNHCR provides protection and assistance, together with the Government, to refugees through 7 transit centres and 9 settlements in northwest, midwest and southwest Uganda and in Kampala. The majority of the 310,000 refugees in the country originate from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while some 90,000 are from South Sudan, and most of the remainder come from Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and Eritrea. Over 80 per cent of refugees have arrived in the last five years.
WFP is providing food for hot meals for refugees at Dzaipi transit centre, and the reception centres at Ocea, Nyumanziand Kiryandongo, as well as monthly family rations when new arrivals are relocated to settlements. In addition, WFP is providing high energy biscuits immediately upon the refugees’ arrival at the Elegu border post.
For more information, please contact :
Mr. Alfred ONEK
Press and Communication Attaché,
Embassy of France in Uganda
Tel. : +256776597009, email : firstname.lastname@example.org