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Refugee solidarity summit in Uganda raises $358m

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June 24, 2017 (KAMPALA) - The international community, at a refugee solidarity summit in Uganda, pledged $358.2 million on Friday.

The pledge is part of the $2 billion aid raised to support 1.2 million refugees, 900,000 of who hail from neighbouring South Sudan.

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who was present at the summit, lauded the steps taken in support of refugees.

“I witnessed what has been the biggest the biggest exodus from Africa since the Rwandan genocide,” said Guterres.

According to the United Nations, over 2,000 people flee South Sudan daily into Uganda. The conflict in the young nation has displaced about two million of South Sudan’s population from their homes.

Uganda hosts 1.3 million refugees, with 900,000 of them hailing from South Sudan. The funds to support the refugees are almost running out and there is a strain on the country’s infrastructure and resources.

While speaking at the summit, the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni thanked the donor community for showing solidarity with his country.

“These people have come to express solidarity with us and on the first day $358m,” said Museveni.

“If the international community assists us to cope with this challenge we shall manage as we have done in the past,” he added.

Meanwhile, donors who attended the summit piled pressure on South Sudan’s warring factions to put an end to the country’s ongoing war.

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  • 25 June 2017 19:46, by Lenin Bull

    The money being collected in the name of the South Sudanese refugees and IDPs if it were really received and used to serve them, they would live in paradise. But it goes into high salaries of UN international staff, their accommodation and lavish feeding, and tourism across the globe. Only sorghum and plastic sheets, are given to refugees.

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  • 25 June 2017 19:52, by Lenin Bull

    $358 Million is more than the annual budget of Uganda which has more than 40 millions inhabitants. That money will be used to appease Uganda for its good relationship with International Organizations whose headquarters are based Kampala Uganda. Our refugees will get little sorghum or asked to cultivate their own food.

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  • 25 June 2017 20:03, by Lenin Bull

    Rebellion and fighting create refugees and IDPs. Real solution lies in UN stopping and discouraging Riek from using his five star hotel room in South Africa as a war room/command centre for his rebels killing innocent unarmed civilians in South Sudan as a strategy to force international community bring him back as FVP.

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  • 25 June 2017 20:12, by Lenin Bull

    The only place where South Sudanese will eat good nourishing food is in South Sudan, and the only place which will give South Sudanese people dignity and richness is South Sudan, but not refugee camps anywhere, neither the so called POCs where IDPs live in qualid conditions.Let us stop this barbaric war tendency and all will be okay in South Sudan and for the international community as well.

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  • 25 June 2017 20:20, by Lenin Bull

    There is this strategy which is becoming entrenched in humanitarian community circle that if one wants to get funding from the mean donors in the west, one should come to South Sudan or work with South Sudanese refugees and used their most horrifying images, photos, and exaggerated stories/reports, one will immediately get funding.

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