EU doubles funding for South Sudan refugees

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The European Union (UN) has doubled its funding for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which aims to improve the living conditions of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

The news comes as the United Nations says the number of South Sudan refugees in Uganda is now more than one million – with an average of 1,800 arriving at the country each day.

 

EU doubles funds for refugees

On August 17, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed that Uganda is now home to more than a million refugees from South Sudan. In the same statement, it called upon the international community to increase donations for humanitarian aid.

“With refugees still arriving in their thousands, the amount of aid we are able to deliver is increasingly falling short. For Uganda, $674 million is needed for South Sudanese refugees this year, but so far only a fifth of this amount (21 per cent) has been received,” the statement said.

The EU was quick to respond, confirmed by a statement by IOM the following day, announcing that its funds from the bloc have been doubled. The funds will be used to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services in Moyo and Yumbe districts.

 

ICRC chief urges renewed dialogue in South Sudan conflict

Meanwhile, Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, is calling on South Sudan to renew dialogue in a bid to bring violence in the country to an end.

“That is a continuation of the conflict. It is people being afraid, people not having any trust, people fleeing before even the fighters are coming because they are scared to death that any fighter coming to a village comes with violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law, and so this is not an acceptable solution,” he said.

 

Featured image: By DFID – UK Department for International Development – Working with UNHCR to help refugees in South Sudan, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26240425

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.