The United States has once again demonstrated its ongoing commitment to providing life-saving assistance to those affected by conflict with a pledge of nearly $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance.
Some $62.7 million of this total will support the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Program (WFP) refugee assistance operations in Uganda.
Since October 2016, the United States has provided $187.4 million in humanitarian assistance to address the refugee situation in Uganda, US ambassador Deborah Malac said in a statement.
Malac said the aid will provide emergency food and nutrition assistance, medical care and security to those affected by the fighting in Uganda’s neighbouring countries and others in Africa like Nigeria, and Somalia.
Also to benefit from the assistance are refugees fleeing the fighting in Yemen.
Upon the conclusion of the G20 summit in Germany, and following the June 23 Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, the U.S. government announced this contribution, which will provide emergency food and nutrition assistance, medical care, and protection to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen.
The refugee situation has reached crisis level with refugees crossing the 1.3 million mark recently—making Uganda the third largest refugee hosting country in the world after Pakistan and Turkey.
“This influx has put increased pressure on the government of Uganda, local hosting communities, and international relief organisations to provide food, shelter, protection, water and other basic services,”
“Both WFP (World Food Programme) and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissions for Refugees) face significant funding gaps and are struggling to keep up with rising demands of a growing refugee population, leading to shortages and wider insecurity.”
Since 2016, US has provided $187.4m in humanitarian assistance to the refuge situation in Uganda.