WFP needs $52mn to feed 285,000 refugees in Uganda

According to the government, a total of 374,539 refugees, including 187,842 Congolese, currently reside in Uganda.

WFP needs $52mn to feed 285,000 refugees in Uganda

World Bulletin / News Desk

The World Food Program (WFP) needs more than $52 million to feed hundreds of thousands of refugees now taking shelter in camps across Uganda.

"We need $4.4 million per month to maintain the full food ratio," WFP Deputy Country Director Micheal Dunford told Anadolu Agency.

"The WFP alone is feeding 285,000 refugees in Uganda; this is a very expensive venture," he asserted.

Dunford noted that, for the next 12 months, the WFP would need some $52 million to feed all the refugees.

"This will depend on the fundraising efforts of the government of Uganda, the WFP, and donor partners' contributions," he added.

Uganda hosts a large refugee population.

According to the government, a total of 374,539 refugees – including 187,842 Congolese – currently reside in Uganda.

Since July, nearly 66,000 Congolese have fled to the town of Bundibugyo in western Uganda to escape fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), for its part, put the number of asylum-seekers and refugees in Uganda at more than 328,900 as of the end of February, including 175,000 Congolese.

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