Uganda launches $2bn appeal for refugee assistance

By Benjamni Jumbe

Uganda needs two billion dollars to be able to address the increasing number of refugees in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the Uganda solidarity summit 2017 on refugees in kampala, the prime minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said the above figure is the current funding gap for the next one year.

He reveals that government annually spends 150M$ to support refugees in the country.

He says at the moment the country is hosting over 1.2 M refugees majority coming from South Sudan.

Dr Rugunda urges the international community to match Uganda ‘s efforts to support refugees, ┬ánoting that if this is not done, it will create additional pressure on host communities.

The conference is scheduled for 22_23rd June 2017.