Uganda: UN urges global community to solve conflicts

  • Uganda: UN urges global community to solve conflicts

Uganda: UN urges global community to solve conflicts

"The worldwide community needs to step up and needs to give to the Ugandan people and to the refugees hosted by the Ugandan people the kind of support that is absolutely needed because the circumstances in which these sacrifices are being made are extremely, extremely challenging", U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said.

Uganda is now facing the world's fastest growing refugee crisis, due to a continuous and unprecedented influx of people fleeing conflict in neighbouring South Sudan among others.

The announcement comes as Commissioner Stylianides is attending the Uganda Solidarity Summit on refugees taking place in Kampala on 22 and 23 June, on behalf of the European Commission.

With Uganda hosting nearly one million South Sudanese refugees "as sisters and brothers and sharing with them their land and everything they have", UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the global community to show solidarity with those that had fled their homes, as well as with the Ugandan government and people.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres says South Sudan's leaders must end the civil war that has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. More than 900,000 refugees are sheltering in Uganda, majority women and children.

"Peace in South Sudan is a must for these people to be able to have a future", said the Secretary-General.

"It is time for the war to end". AFP | The EU pledged 85 million euros ($95 million) to Uganda Thursday, ahead of a summit to raise twenty times that amount to help it deal with almost one million refugees from South Sudan. "Some are rejected, and sometimes the country is much richer than Uganda", the United Nations chief said.

Uganda has warned it is near the "breaking point" in taking in the refugees.

"South Sudan's leaders "do not deserve the people of their country", said the Secretary-General, stressing that the South Sudanese people have been suffering enormously [in an] endless war".

Guterres heard the accounts of refugee children who spoke of everything from medicine shortages to the long line at the communal toilet.

The two-day summit hopes to raise $8 billion for the 1.2 million refugees in Uganda.

Sam Wadri, the elected leader of Arua, the district hosting the Imvepi refugee reception center, told the United Nations chief that the already impoverished local community was overwhelmed. "We need to boost our diplomatic efforts to allow for conflicts to be solved and to mobilize more resources to prevent new conflict", he said.