Uganda hopes to raise $2 billion in donations at a U.N. refugee summit next month to help fund relief operations for refugees flowing in from neighboring South Sudan, Prime Minister Ruhakana Ruganda said on Tuesday.
Speaking at the launch of the Uganda solidarity summit 2017 on refugees in kampala, the prime minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said the above figure is the current funding gap for the next one year.
He reveals that government annually spends 150M$ to support refugees in the country.
He says at the moment the country is hosting over 1.2 M refugees majority coming from South Sudan.
Dr Rugunda urges the international community to match Uganda ‘s efforts to support refugees, noting that if this is not done, it will create additional pressure on host communities.
Ruganda said Uganda faced difficulties in coping with the influx, which ballooned recently since the latest wave of violence erupted in July.
“The … numbers are placing a huge strain on our already stressed ability to cater for food,” he told a news conference.
“We are hoping that … we will be able to raise $2 billion from the summit,” he said in Kampala, where the U.N.-hosted gathering is set to be held.
The conflict in the oil-producing country began when President Salva Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar in 2013, two years after the country won independence from neighboring Sudan.
The fighting that followed split the country along ethnic lines, spurred hyperinflation and plunged parts of the nation into famine, creating Africa’s biggest refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
The latest bout of warfare erupted in July, less than a year after both sides signing a peace pact in 2015.
Rugunda said the money Kampala sought to raise from the summit would fund relief operations for the next twelve months from June.
Kampala also grants refugees free movement and employment in the country, as well as some public services such as free education and healthcare.
Rugunda said Uganda expected an additional 400,000 refugees to arrive in the country this year “because of the recurring cycles of insecurity and instability in the region.”