Minister of Disaster Preparedness Hillary Onek.

The Government of Japan has given US$6.3m dollars to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) to assist 1.2 million refugees in Uganda.

While addressing the media at the Office of the Prime Minister, the Minister for Disaster Preparedness Hillary Onek lauded the Government of Japan for supporting Uganda and the UN agencies.

“Japan is one of the leading actors in international development, and we thank them for their continuous support towards development of Uganda’’ the minster added.

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The Minister said that the aid will be used to provide services in form of health, water, sanitation, food, livelihood and business skills.

Uganda received 24,500 refugees in late December to January due to political instabilities experienced in South Sudan and more than 4,500 cross to Uganda each week.

Available information indicates that Uganda’s policies on refugees are conducive, and many are allowed to travel and carry out business.

Many of the South Sudan refugees are camped at Bidi Bidi Mungula and Aliwala  resettlement camps.