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Japan donates rice worth Shs 8.6bn to refugees in Uganda

Japan donated the rice towards Uganda's refugee response

Japan donated the rice towards Uganda's refugee response

Japan has donated 2,000 metric tons of rice valued at $2.2 million to refugees in Uganda. The donation which was received by the World Food Programme (WFP), will facilitate the provision of essential hot meals to 50,000 newly arrived refugees during the 2024/2025 period.

With 130,000 refugees having arrived in 2023 alone, Uganda currently hosts a staggering 1.5 million refugees, the highest number in any African nation.

The majority of these refugees are fleeing conflicts in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia, and Sudan, often undertaking arduous journeys to reach safety.

Ambassador of Japan to Uganda Fukazawa Hidemoto expressed the significance of targeting newly arrived refugees, emphasizing the acute vulnerability and challenges they face in the immediate aftermath of fleeing crisis situations. He said this contribution aligns with Japan's commitment to extending humanitarian support to Uganda during a period marked by a surge in refugee arrivals and concurrent crises.

Despite Uganda's progressive refugee policy, which aims to provide sanctuary and support to those in need, refugees grapple with limited livelihood opportunities, necessitating continued reliance on humanitarian aid.

Abdirahman Meygag, WFP Uganda's representative, lauded Japan's timely contribution, emphasizing its crucial role in sustaining WFP's efforts to provide vital food assistance to refugees amidst ongoing conflict.

Meygag highlighted the significance of hot meals for newly arrived refugees, symbolizing not only sustenance but also the beginning of recovery and hope as they embark on the journey to rebuild their lives.

With WFP currently supporting 1.4 million out of Uganda's 1.5 million refugees with monthly food and cash assistance, the organization faces a widening gap between humanitarian needs and available funding.

Amidst these challenges, WFP has been compelled to prioritize assistance for the most vulnerable refugees, a decision informed by extensive consultations with refugee communities and key stakeholders. This prioritization strategy entails varying levels of food assistance, with the most vulnerable households receiving 60 per cent of the regular ration size, while less vulnerable families receive 30 per cent.

Moreover, new arrivals receive a full food ration for the initial three months to support their settlement process. In light of the growing humanitarian needs and the imperative of sustained support, WFP in Uganda requires $134 million to cater to refugee assistance in 2024.


+1 #1 Lakwena 2024-02-26 09:48
Japanese rice is the best rice in the world. That means for a while; what a luxury and happy meals for refugees .
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0 #2 wadada rogers 2024-02-26 10:00
This donation is questionable, why do we believe in free things, i have a feeling this rice is condemned, expired or about to expire or they want more expensive ventures from us
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