UN Releases funds To Sustain Relief Operations in Uganda

UN Releases funds To Sustain Relief Operations in Uganda

By Rebeccah Wasen

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has sanctioned the release of USD 100 million (355 billion Shillings) from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to sustain operations in nine neglected crises where levels of vulnerability are alarmingly high but funding remains very low.

Uganda is the largest refugee hosting country harbouring refugees right after Turkey, hosting more than 600,000 refugees majorly from south Sudan where fighting has displaced more than 1 million people since 2013.

Urgent support will also reach those suffering from malnutrition and food insecurity in Madagascar, Mali and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“CERF is a lifeline for people caught up in crises that don’t make the headlines but where needs are just as urgent,” Guterres said in a news release adding that; “this funding is crucial in assisting people who need help so desperately.”

The news release further highlighted that as the scale and intensity of emergencies continue to increase, a larger, more robust CERF is needed so that aid can reach people, whenever and wherever crises hit.