Yeni Safak: DRC refugee children ‘raped during journey’ to Uganda

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Ten percent of newly-arrived refugee children from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have said they were raped during their journey to Uganda, according to Save the Children Wednesday. The international nongovernmental organization’s report comes as thousands of Congolese refugees continue to pour into Uganda each week. Save the Children said it arrived at the conclusion after interviewing 132 refugee children aged 10-17. The children also told the aid group that hunger was the biggest issue they faced during their journey fleeing the DRC, affecting 81 percent of those interviewed. Click here to continue reading from the original source.

Daily Monitor: Uganda gets Shs22b boost for refugees

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Refugees are set to have their standard of living improved after government received a lumpsum of $6m (about Shs22b)from the Japanese government to support them. The funds, meant for a one-year period, will equip refugees with entrepreneurial skills, child protection, response to gender-based violence, food and nutrition, among others. Distributors The assistance will be received through United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, World Food Programme, Food Agricultural Organisation and United Nations Development Programme. The Japan Ambassador to Uganda, Mr Kazuaki Kamedi, said the support is cognizant of the government of Uganda’s role in spearheading exemplary refugee assistance model despite being constantly challenged by the large influxes of refugees from neighbouring countries. “Japan continues to support refugees and communities hosting them and bridging the gap between the humanitarian and development assistance,” Mr Kamedi said yesterday during a press conference at the Uganda Media Centre. Mr Hilary Onek, the minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, lauded the Japan government, appealing to other…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Dreaming of peace in DRC

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At first glance you might not know that a crisis is unfolding just across the lake, where the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is within seeing distance. The Ugandan shore of Lake Albert is no longer full of thousands of people, no longer a makeshift settlement where women build up temporary tents out of the traditional kitenge fabric to protect themselves from the sun. You can no longer see feces floating in the same water used by women to wash their clothes and children to fill bottles of water. Now, the fish market which was transformed into a refugee landing site has a few people scattered around, resting under the shade or standing with the few belongings they could bring. Others are lined up awaiting medical attention – the calm atmosphere a stark difference from what I saw just a few weeks ago on my first visit. Click here to continue reading from the original source.

Great Lakes Voice: WFP cuts food rations for refugees in Rwanda

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THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP) AND UNITED NATIONS REFUGEE AGENCY (UNHCR) APPEALED RECENTLY TO DONORS TO CONTRIBUTE FUNDS SO THAT A 25 PERCENT REDUCTION FROM JANUARY ONWARDS IN FOOD OR CASH ASSISTANCE FOR MORE THAN 100,000 REFUGEES IN RWANDA CAN BE REVERSED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. SOME 130,000 REFUGEES IN CAMPS DEPEND ON THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME FOR FOOD — BUT IT SIMPLY ISN’T ENOUGH. Five months of reduced assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) for refugees in Rwanda is now causing increasing hunger. This comes amidst widespread fears that their suffering, compounded by malnutrition among women and children, will only deepen unless the cuts are reversed. Click here to continue reading from the original source.

Channel Africa: S Sudan refugee flow often a children’s crisis: UN

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More than 60% of the well over one million refugees who have poured into neighbouring Uganda are under the age of 18, government and United Nations (UN) officials say. More than two million people have fled South Sudan overall. Amid the fighting, over 75 000 children have found themselves on their own in Uganda and other neighbouring countries, according to the UN refugee agency, separated from their families in the chaos or sent by their parents to relative safety. While many children have reunited with relatives after crossing the border, others are matched by aid workers with foster families in an effort to minimise the disruption in their lives. Without parents, some children are left vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, aid workers say. Click here to continue reading from the original source.  
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