Uganda is now facing the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis, due to a continuous and unprecedented influx of people fleeing conflict in neighbouring South Sudan among others.
The country is now hosting over 1.27 million refugees and asylum seekers. “To help Uganda deal with this unprecedented situation and support the most vulnerable refugees, the European Commission has today (June 22nd) announced €85 million in humanitarian aid and longer term development assistance. Many refugees have fled conflict in South Sudan, seeking sanctuary from violence, hatred and hunger. Uganda’s example of helping vulnerable people cope with displacement is an example for the whole region and the world. However, no country can deal with such a high number of refugees on its own. The EU funding announced today will help our humanitarian partners working in Uganda bring some relief to those who have lost everything”, said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
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