(Photo: A young South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a camp in northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson)
A recent article on UN.org reports that the UN and Ugandan government cut food rations amid influx of South Sudanese refugees. It goes on to say – “Around 200,000 refugees who arrived in Uganda prior to July 2015 will have their food rations or cash assistance reduced by 50 per cent from this week,” according to a joint press release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister.
“Low levels of funding, together with a large number of new arrivals fleeing to Uganda from South Sudan since 7 July, have left the refugee response with no choice but to re-prioritize their focus on those refugees in greatest need,” said the release, noting the situation in the region since clashes between rival forces – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition – broke out in and around the capital, Juba, close to the fifth anniversary of the country’s independence.
According to the joint press release, refugees, who arrived after July 2015, along with the especially vulnerable, such as orphans, the elderly, chronically ill and malnourished, would continue to receive a full ration – 2,122 calories of food per day, in line with the minimum recommended daily allowance, during their first year. This would decrease as they became progressively more self-reliant during their time in Uganda. Other refugees received cash assistance in place of food rations, providing them with the opportunity to exercise greater personal choice. Continue reading the full article here.