France gives 200,000 € for South Sudan Refugees in Uganda
On 20th November 2015, H.E Sophie Makame, Ambassador of France to Uganda, visited the World Food Programme warehouse at Nalukolongo in Kampala to witness, together with Michael Dunford, WFP Acting country director, the receipt, the food items bought with the financial assistance of the French government within its programmed food aid programme.
With this assistance, 228 tonnes of cereals and 10 tonnes of vegetable oil valued at 200,000 € will be distributed to 17,600 refugees, 4,700 of whom are facing severe acute malnutrition, mostly in the district of Adjumani.
Mr. Michael Dunford thanked the French government for this significant aid enabling WFP respond to vital nutritional needs of the refugees.
In response to the joint humanitarian appeal launched by the Uganda Government and the UN in January 2014, France has managed to mobilise 400 000 € for South Sudanese refugees.
In her remarks, H.E Sophie Makame indicated that the French contribution through WFP is in line with the May 10th, 2010 EU Council conclusions on humanitarian food assistance. She pointed out that France, a signatory to the 1967 International
Convention on humanitarian aid, is committed to supplying a minimum of 200,000 tonnes of cereals per year for humanitarian assistance. She also noted that taking care of refugees feeling war was part of this response and that, for the case of South Sudan, a return to sustainable stability depended on the implementation of the August peace accord.
Currently, Uganda hosts more than 507,000 refugees from neighbouring countries experiencing conflict, like DR Congo, South Sudan and Burundi. WFP provides assistance to more than 350,000 refugees, with the help of partners like France.