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Press Release: UN agencies concerned about limited funding to assist South Sudanese refugees in Sudan (25.04.2016)

WFP South Sudan 2016

NEW YORK, United States of America, April 25, 2016 –  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed deep concern at funding shortfalls which could affect the assistance that is being provided to South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.

 “Our resources are being stretched at a time when needs are quickly growing,” said UNHCR’s Representative in Sudan, Mohammed Adar.  “Over 50,000 South Sudanese have crossed into Sudan since the beginning of 2016, surpassing the planning figure set for the entire year. Further shortfalls in funding will hamper our ability to continue providing assistance for the existing South Sudanese refugees in Sudan while also responding to the emergency needs of new arrivals.”  UNHCR humanitarian requirements for 2016 remain 18% funded, leaving over US$128 million in unmet needs.

The heads of UNICEF and WFP have voiced similar concerns about the limited resources available to respond to the basic needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Sudan, including access to clean water, shelter, emergency household supplies and adequate protection.  The situation is particularly worrisome as the agencies’ funding shortages coincide with a period of heightened food insecurity in part of South Sudan. This, in addition to the ongoing violence, is driving rapidly increasing numbers of South Sudanese into Sudan.

The UNICEF Sudan Representative, Geert Cappelaere, also warns that his organisation is running out of funding for the provision of critical support to more than 100,000 children from South Sudan in dire need of urgent humanitarian assistance. “With only 11% of the total humanitarian requirement funded so far in 2016 and an estimated US$105 million shortfall, UNICEF is gravely concerned it may have to cut back on crucial lifesaving water, sanitation, nutrition, health and protection assistance to those vulnerable children”, Cappelaere emphasised.

Echoing the concern of his UNICEF and UNHCR colleagues, WFP Representative and Country Director Adnan Khan said: “We are concerned that if we do not receive sufficient funding soon enough, we will not be able to respond to the needs of South Sudanese refugees who continue to flee their country to seek food and refuge.”

WFP is currently facing a 12-month funding shortfall of US$181 million of which US$19 million will be used to meet the needs of the South Sudanese refugees through its Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation.

UNICEF, UNHCR and WFP have banded together to appeal for additional funding that will be required to meet greater needs created by the rapidly increasing number of South Sudanese fleeing into Sudan.  

Conflict and food insecurity are forcing more and more South Sudanese to flee their country and cross into neighbouring countries.  A total of 678,000 South Sudanese refugees are now being hosted in the neighbouring countries with 221,000 in Sudan.

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The People’s President has massive campaigns in Iganga district today; also a brief look at the governance level in the district

Iganga 180116 P3 FDC Iganga Town

Today have been a massive day for the FDC campaign convoy in the Iganga district, campaign rallies and travels through it and seen how the public of the district has reacted to Dr. Kizza Besigye campaigning there. The levels of appreciation towards him and his campaign team, take a look!

Iganga 180116 P2 FDC Kiwanyi

Hon. Abu Katuntu joins the campaign trail in Iganga, this morning we have rallied the people Kiwanyi as our second stop over.

Iganga: The Mamba is finally here Kizza Besigye campaign team’s security is tighter in Busoga region. This re enforcement is from bridged in Jinja town.

Iganga 180116 P1 FDC

Message in Iganga Town:
“For the last 30 years Busoga region has been the champion of poverty in Uganda. We want to remove that poverty from you. FDC has got comprehensive programs to handle the problems of Busoga. First of all we are to get rid of grass thatched huts in the region by providing 10 iron sheets to each house hold as a quick short term measure for improving the quality of housing.” Besigye said to a big roar of approval from the tens of thousands of supporters in Iganga town.

Besigye Iganga

Governance issues in Iganga:
Some information in the Iganga District, these different stories tell the level of money and how they have governed the area. Interesting, right?

Iganga District Logo

Misuse of funds:
“Iganga district officials have been ordered to report to parliament by Minister Adolf Tumwesigye after they misused district funds” (NBS TV, 19.12.2013).

Iganga NRM Cards 27.10.15

Paid loyalty in the district:
“Residents of Iganga town received shs 5,000 from MP Peter Mugema as an appreciation for supporting the NRM resolution that fronted President Museveni as the sole party candidate for the 2016 elections” (91.2 Crooze FM, 22.04.2014).

Push away from the market in town:
“Law enforcement personnel in Iganga have impounded merchandise belonging to 150 street vendors. The town clerk Iganga municipal council, Assy Tumwesigire says the street vendors had three months earlier been given a notice to vacate the streets of Iganga municipal council in vain. Tumwesigire says the vendors had earlier been instructed to take up gazetted areas like markets but have since become hesitant to comply. One of the traders whose merchandise was impounded, Janat Namukuve says she had borrowed 400,000 shillings from one of the microfinance institutions with a view of setting up a business of cooking food but now all her capital is no more and does not know how she will pay the loan” (Step FM/TV, 02.03.2015).

Hospital conditions:
“Residents of Iganga Municipality have expressed concern about the growing stench of dead bodies from Iganga Hospital. Dead bodies are dumped in a makeshift structure without a door leaving dogs and flies to feast on them. The structure also lacks a roof” (NBS TV, 11.03.2015).

Local Coffee program:
“The MP Kigulu South Milton Muwuma Kalulu has said that on Wednesday 15th April 2015 he will be distributing coffee seedlings to his constituents. Speaking from Iganga district headquarters, Muwuma said that this is a government program which is meant to be implemented by prepared farmers in the area. He said “that the government brought 50000 coffee seedlings plus eucalyptus trees, therefore farmers with prepared gardens are to benefit from this project” (Source: Ibrahim Ndogha, 14.04.2015).

Anppcan Iganga IDLC

Appreciation for a local NGO:
“Iganga District Local Government applauds ANPPCAN Uganda for the positive impact on the lives of Orphans and Vulnerable Children. ‪Together‬ along the path to ensure all children are protected, secure and cared for” (Anppcan Uganda Chapter, 24.06.2015).

Reactions after NRM Primaries in 2015:
“Court in Iganga has granted bail to the 4 suspects who were arrested yesterday in connection with abduction of NRM district registrar Kirunda Yazid. Toto Abdur Akimu Ali 40, Sserumbe Henry 25, Matende Beast 24, have been granted bail by the Chief Magistrate Iganga Court Komakech William after paying 250,000 cash each” (RFM Iganga Fans, 27.11.2015).

I think that was enough for today, hope you enjoyed it. Peace.

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