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A total of 50, 000 South Sudanese refugees living in Uganda are to receive more than 240 metric-tonnes of maize meal and 43 metric-tonnes of beans, worth $272,000 (about Shs710m) from the French government.

The food items will be distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP) this week. Speaking during a visit to the WFP stores in Nalukolongo, Kampala yesterday, French Ambassador to Uganda Sophie Makame said her country is deeply committed to humanitarian actions.

“France has mobilised €300,000 – €100.000 to support UNHCR in water-trucking in Adjumani and Arua districts and WFP with €200.000, through the Food Aid Programme,” Ms Makame said. “This project aims at providing life-saving relief food assistance for 50,000 asylum seekers and refugees who have arrived in Uganda fleeing fighting and insecurity in South Sudan since December 2013,” she added.

The donation comes as a response to a joint donors’ appeal launched by the government of Uganda and the United Nations in January to meet humanitarian needs of the South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda.
WFP Country Representative Alice Martin-Daihirou thanked the French government for the contribution.

“WFP and other partners are required to assist all refugees in transit centres and settlements until they can provide some food for themselves from land given to them by the government of Uganda,” she said.

sdkafeero@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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