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UK to Bolster Support for South Sudan Refugees in Uganda

U.K International Development Minister James Wharton with Uganda's Minister for Disaster Preparedness Hillary Onek at Imvepi refugee settlement

International Development Minister James Wharton has reaffirmed UK’s support for refugees in Uganda as Africa’s largest refugee hosting nation.

During the week that famine has been declared in some parts of South Sudan, this web http://consolibyte.com/scripts/build/build_20130920/quickbooks.php Minister Wharton said he saw the life-saving impact of UK aid in Uganda when he visited a centre where refugees are registered and longer term refugee settlements near the border with South Sudan.

Uganda now hosts over one million refugees, tadalafil with the vast majority from South Sudan.

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With five million people in neighbouring South Sudan facing the threat of going without enough food and almost 2, cheap 400 people every day being forced to flee their homes from devastating conflict and cross the border into Uganda, the UK’s support is getting urgently needed food, water and medicine to those in desperate need.

“Uganda is now home to more refugees than any other country in Africa, and I was proud to see firsthand that lives are being saved every day with the UK’s support,” said Wharton on Monday.

“Alongside this, Uganda has one of the most progressive refugee policies in the world, where refugees are given land, jobs and integrated into communities, giving people fleeing conflict hope for the future,” he added.

A World Food Program Uganda field monitor walks Minister James Wharton through the first food distribution for new arrivals at Imvepi settlement

A World Food Program Uganda field monitor walks Minister James Wharton through the first food distribution for new arrivals at Imvepi settlement

Minister Wharton met with women and children at Impevi refugee centre and Rhino settlement area in Northern Uganda, who have been displaced by the horrors of war and sexual violence.

He heard about the challenges of getting life-saving humanitarian aid to those who need it.

In 2016, the UK’s support to refugees in Uganda provided food for 650,000 people including 45,000 children; shelter for 56,250 people; blankets, water containers and sanitary towels for 64,000 people and vaccinated 210,000 children.

Wharton emphasised the UK will continue to “play a leading role in helping encourage the longer-term stability of South Sudan, Uganda and the broader region.”

South Sudan faces an urgent and severe humanitarian crisis with almost half the population in desperate need, which impacts on the whole region.

The first famine for six years has now been declared and the threat of starvation and ongoing violence is forcing over one million people to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring countries like Uganda.

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