Food aid for new refugees
Posted Monday, January 21 2013 at 02:45
More than 300,000 refugees and vulnerable people in Uganda are set to benefit from food relief. This follows the donation of Shs32 billion by the US Mission, Uganda to the World Food Programme (WFP) and USAID in protracted relief and recovery operation for refugees and the chronically food-insecure Karamoja sub-region.
The WFP country director, Ms Sory Ouane, says the contribution will enable them provide three months of food assistance to more than 330,000 people.
“Refugees continue to arrive in Uganda and urgently require food support.
The United States’ donation will be particularly helpful in meeting the needs of the new refugees. At the same time, there are certain households in Karamoja that are threatened by food insecurity and malnutrition,” Ms Ouane said.
The contribution, which is part of the US government’s food security initiative, Feed the Future, which aims at sustainably reducing hunger, poverty, and under-nutrition, is intended to improve the livelihoods of not only refugees but extremely food-insecure households in Karamoja.