Uganda is host to the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world. Since July last year, more than one million South Sudanese refugees have crossed into the country. The refugees are predominantly women and young people from farming or livestock herding communities in the war-torn country.
Uganda currently hosts about 810,000 refugees from South Sudan, 58 percent of who are children. Within the existing refugee settlements and their host communities, the unprecedented influx is outstripping the available resources and capacity of government and partner organizations to appropriately respond.
Transit and reception facilities are rapidly becoming overwhelmed and there are significant challenges in providing adequate food rations, health and educational services, as well as sufficient clean water. The already dire situation has been further complicated by the onset of heavy rains.
The statement says Germany has also contributed to the UN World Food Program in Uganda and significantly increased its share in regional programs of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR supporting South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries and those internally displaced in South Sudan.
The funds will be spent through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees UNHCR to provide protection activities, provisional shelter, water, sanitation, health services, treatment of malnourished children and food aid as well as creating livelihoods opportunities for refugees.
At least 2,000 refugees have crossed into Uganda through Ngom Oromo, Waligo, Apiriti and Aweno Olwiyo border crossings all in Lamwo district. The office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has evacuated some 750 of these for resettlement in Adjumani district.