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Korea donates $300,000 cash, 5,000 tons of rice to refugees

WFP officer in charge Ryan Anderson receives the rice and cash contribution at the WFP office in Kampala from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Ha Byung-Kyoo

WFP officer in charge Ryan Anderson receives the rice and cash contribution at the WFP office in Kampala from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Ha Byung-Kyoo

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received 5,000 metric tons of rice and $300,000 in cash from the Republic of Korea to provide much-needed relief assistance to 781,000 people including refugees and Ugandans threatened by locusts.

“WFP is extremely grateful for the continued generosity of the Republic of Korea since 2018 and its appreciation of the immense humanitarian needs in Uganda, which were suddenly made even more complicated by COVID-19,” said WFP officer in charge Ryan Anderson.

”This contribution of 5,000 metric tons of rice found us at a crossroads when we were considering whether to make deeper ration cuts for refugees because of a shortage of funding, even as we have evidence that they already face high food insecurity,” he added.

According to the press statement, combined with other contributions, the rice may allow WFP to maintain rations for 1.26 million refugees at the current 70 per cent of a full ration for some time. Valued at $4.3 million, it will also meet the cereal needs of 614,000 refugees in seven settlements towards the end of the year.

The additional $300,000 in cash will enable WFP to meet the relief needs of 167,000 people in the northeastern region of Karamoja, which is the most food-insecure region in the country and is threatened by a combination of malnutrition among its residents, locusts, floods and animal diseases.

“The Republic of Korea is committed to supporting vulnerable groups of people in Uganda, especially refugees fleeing conflict and nationals faced by chronic food shortages and malnutrition,” said ambassador Ha Byung-Kyoo.

“We also are very pleased to continue making contributions of rice, which we have heard is appreciated by the refugees and contributes to much needed dietary diversity,” he added.

WFP was forced to reduce rations for refugees in April to 70 per cent of a full ration because of funding shortages. The economic pressures that COVID-19 has brought on donor capitals has further complicated funding to feed refugees. WFP is putting in place safety measures in 13 refugee settlements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during food and cash distributions.

Korea has contributed rice to WFP in Uganda annually since 2018 in support of 1.43 million refugees – the highest number of refugees hosted by any country in Africa.

The $300,000 cash contribution will also contribute to supporting WFP assistance in Karamoja. Even though families in the region were able to harvest some crops in August, despite repeated sightings of locusts between February and July, the very presence of the pests in the region threatens both agriculture and vegetation needed for animals. Relief food helps to cushion families as the government and UN partners work to control the impact of locusts.              

 

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+1 #1 Mberenge 2020-09-26 05:18
300,000 US dollars from South Korea, for refugees and Uganda's poor?

What of the USAID funded Give Directly, that a Ugandan man blocked??? Any difference????
Just asking to know..
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+1 #2 Mbeho Achuc 2020-09-26 14:00
Hopefully a black Ugandan official does not block the aid for the desperate in the country, the way Observer reported that a one super rich "Okello Stephen " championed the blocking of GiveDirectly, a USAID funded NGO!!!

His own people in Northern Uganda as well as other selected parts of the country will now have to stare death in the face due to Covid 19 dire effects of food shortages , disease and unemployment!!!

Africa can be an absurd continent, that learn nothing, and forgets nothing, unlearning almost everything!!!
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0 #3 Lakwena 2020-09-29 14:19
Quoting Mbeho Achuc:
Hopefully a black Ugandan official does not block the aid for the desperate in the country, the way Observer reported that a one super rich "Okello Stephen " championed the blocking of GiveDirectly, a USAID funded NGO!!!

His own people in Northern Uganda as well as other selected parts of the country will now have to stare death in the face due to Covid 19 dire effects of food shortages , disease and unemployment!!!

Africa can be an absurd continent, that learn nothing, and forgets nothing, unlearning almost everything!!!


Mbeho Achuc, not all Okellos come from Northern Uganda.

In other words, Stephen Okello maybe coming from the Far East, where professional liars, opportunistic sycophants who sell their mothers for a price and for hire; like the Govt Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo (OO) and the Police Deputy Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango come from.
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