WFP supports 1.2 million refugees in Uganda with food and monetary aid. But the available food in its stores can only last until May, 2020 while the money they give to refugees is expected to be depleted at the end of February, 2020. Up to USD 16 million Shillings is needed to save the situation.
World Food Programme-WFP is worried about the
impending food shortage that is expected in May this year. The UN agency is running out of both food and monetary aid to support refugees in different parts of the country.
WFP supports 1.2 million refugees
in Uganda with food and monetary aid. The available food can only last until May, 2020 while the money they give to refugees is expected to be depleted
at the end of February, 2020. Up to USD 16 million Shillings is needed to save the situation.
Addressing journalists at the handover of the food aid from Japan in Kampala on
Thursday, the WFP Country Director Elkhidir Daloum said they are in urgent need of food or
else they will be forced to start rationing.
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According to WFP, each refugee receives food equivalent to
2100 calories a day. Elkhidir Daloum says if these ratios are cut, refugees in the
country will not be getting enough food.
Daloum requested all partners
to send money as soon as possible to enable early procurement of food.
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According to the Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Ministry,
there are 1,483,000 million refugees in Uganda. Daloum says that if they run
out of food, peace and security in refugee settlements and hosting districts is
likely to be tested.
"If we don't get funds, there will be food
insecurity but the lack can also lead to insecurity within settlements but also
host communities,"Daloum stressed.
Simon Gerald Menhya, the Commissioner for
refugees, said there is need for the international community to step in and
provide food for refugees. She noted that while Uganda can host the refugees it
cannot feed them.
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On Thursday, the UN agency received 4,750 metric tons of rice
worth 12 billion Shillings from Japan. Daloum says support from countries like
Japan provides great relief for thousands of refugees.
"WFP is happy to receive such contributions.
It's the first of the kind where a country has decided to give support through
government. Uganda has made a lot of sacrifice to host refugees and such
support makes their work easier," Daloum said.
The rice will be distributed to Kyaka II, Kyangwali,
Nakivale,Oruchinga, Rwamwanja and Rhino camp settlement.