The Ugandan government and the World Food Programme (WFP) have been forced to cut food rations for refugees.
Uganda hosts the most refugees in Africa with 1.2 million, 900,000 of whom are from South Sudan. The huge influx has seen food rations cut down by 50 percent except for refugees who came before July 2015.
El Khidir Daloum, the WFP representative in Uganda, says the cut was the result of a lack of food arriving in the country.
“Yes, we have been forced to reduce the distribution. When we have a shortage in funding and physical availability of food, then we might be forced to take certain measures,” says Daloum.
As Uganda next week hosts the Solidarity Refugee Summit in Kampala, Daloum says $19 million are needed to pay for 16,000 tons of food assistance to the refugees in the settlement. The summit jointly organized by the UN Refugee Agency, the United Nations and the government of Uganda is expected to raise $8 billion to support refugees for the next four years.
“When you look at the volumes of tons we need every month and when you look at the pipeline, then definitely we have a challenge facing us and from now and the coming six months we have a shortfall of $64 million.”
In a statement Wednesday, the World Refugee Council said Uganda’s refugee policy is being put to the test as the country struggles to feed thousands of South Sudanese refugees.
"Uganda has traditionally taken a progressive approach to hosting refugees, offering them freedom of movement and immediate access to its labor market, as well as developing innovative approaches to supporting refugee self-reliance," says the World Refugee Council, which is calling on "other nations to share the responsibility for protecting refugees, assisting host communities and providing robust support during the Solidarity Summit on Refugees".
The full article originally appeared in the Anadolu Agency English News