UN chief, Africa presidents for Kampala refugees summit

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The President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni interacting with the UN Secretary General HE Antonio Guterres at the African Union conference centre on Sunday 29th January 2017.

The Secretary General of United Nations (UN) António Guterres is among the big dignitaries attending the Refugee Solidarity Summit that kicks off Thursday in Kampala.

Guterres and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda will also visit the Imvempi Settlement Camp in Arua District.

The camp has a refugee population of about 110,000 spread out in 20 villages but can still accommodate another 50,000 refugees.

Also invited are presidents of Guinea and chairman of the African Union Alpha Conde, Somalia’s Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Gabon’s Ali Bongo, Zambia’s Edgar Lungu, Ethiopia’s Hailemariam Desalegn.

UN agency for refugees commissioner, Filippo Grandi, World Food Programme executive director, David Beasley, and UN Women executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, are also in attendance.

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Uganda and UN seek to raise at least $2b (Shs7 trillion) to fund relief operations for the more 1.2 million refugees Uganda is hosting.

Uganda hosts 1.2 million refugees from at least five African countries. Nearly one million have fled the conflict in South Sudan, and most have arrived in the past year.

The U.N. World Food Program was forced to cut food rations to refugees last month, says WFP country representative El Khidir Daloum.

The United Nations and 57 other aid organizations working in northern Uganda, appealed for $1.4 billion to provide food and shelter this year, but only 18 percent of the funds has been received.

Amnesty International researchers visited the refugee settlements in Uganda and Deputy Regional Director Michelle Kagari says the refugees have already suffered greatly.

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