17 September 2013: The deteriorating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led thousands of refugees to seek shelter in Uganda since 2012. When fighting intensified in July, a massive influx of some 20,000 new refugees hit Uganda’s Bubukwanga Transit Centre. The centre, which has a capacity of 12,000 refugees, now hosts more than 22,206 refugees. With more refugees waiting in the border areas and the rainy season around the corner, Uganda urgently needs humanitarian assistance.
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$4,974,413 to six United Nations agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to address the rapidly unfolding humanitarian crisis. Some 20,000 people are expected to benefit from the allocations.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $660,000 to provide water, sanitation and health facilities. UNICEF will also implement child protection interventions.
With an allocation of $250,629, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will provide food assistance.
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has received $107,000 to provide life-saving reproductive health services. UNFPA will also mitigate the risk of gender-based violence through information sharing.
Through an allocation of $148,819, the World Health Organization (WHO) will ensure access to basic health services.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has received $1,007,069 to provide food assistance to the Congolese refugees.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received $2,610,896 to provide emergency assistance.
IOM has received $190,000 to provide sanitation support.