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UN chief seeks $8 billion for South Sudan refugee crisis

UN chief seeks $8 billion for South Sudan refugee crisis UN chief seeks $8 billion for South Sudan refugee crisis
Melinda Barton | 27 June, 2017, 08:16

More than 900,000 refugees from South Sudan are sheltering in Uganda, a lot of them women and children.

But Grandi, the refugee chief, said that "regrettably, the hospitality of host countries is not adequately matched by financial contributions" from the global community.

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

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

Fighting broke out in Africa's youngest nation in December 2013 between forces allied to President Salva Kiir and his then deputy, Riek Machar.

An August 2015 peace deal was left in tatters when fighting broke out in Juba in July a year ago, spreading violence across the country.

More than 270,000 of them are housed in Bidibidi settlement, which overtook Kenya's Dadaab earlier this year as the biggest refugee camp in the world.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been hailed for a progressive refugee policy in which refugees are allowed to work and access public services. "The World Food Program told us yesterday that the food pipeline here in Uganda will dry up soon".

According to the European Union, the funds will help meet the needs of the rapidly surging number of South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda.

The summit will not include discussions on how to end the ongoing fighting, but Guterres insisted that the violence stop.

"We are treating the symptoms but the real root cause of this violence should be addressed".

Guterres on Friday called the refugee influx "the biggest exodus of refugees in Africa since the Rwanda genocide" of 1994. "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".

The U.N. children's fund in Uganda this week said it requires almost $50 million this year as well as $30 million each year from 2018 to 2020 to provide critical services, including education and child protection, to both refugees and host communities. "It is time for all the leaders of South Sudan to understand that they need to stop this war", he said, expressing gratitude for the efforts made by the Heads of State of the region, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union and by the United Nations to help create the conditions for peace to be re-established.