By. Rogers & Julius
The Japanese govt has today officially fulfilled its pledge to Uganda by contributing USD.2.7M to support efforts towards refugees and host communities, border security as well as covid19 response in Uganda.
The announced made in March this year by the Japanese ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Kameda Kazuaki in Kampala formally committed approximately USD.2.7M to the UN for various development and humanitarian initiatives in the country.
Kameda today stated that, they recognize the serious impact of displacement on vulnerable groups such as women and children hence the support to address the humanitarian crisis.
The minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees Hon. Hilary Onek said, Uganda is proud to be associated with the Japanese govt and applauded them for always extending humanitarian support to Uganda whenever there is a crisis.
Meanwhile, the UNDP resident representative, Elsie Attafuah and the IOM chief of mission in Uganda Sanusi Tejan Savage notes that the assistance to Uganda is significant for the UN not just because it was extended at the beginning of the year to kick start the operations but also comes at the right moment when the global pandemic started to impact across the globe.
Off the USD.4.7M, IOM will be receiving USD.240,145 towards reducing transnational security threats, UNDP USD.727,272 to foster humanitarian, development and peace building, UNHCR USD.1,237,754 towards provision of minimum health care, UNICEF USD.454,545 towards improving children’s health and protection.
Currently, Uganda hosts over 1.4 million refugees from S.sudan, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, and Somalia among others.