By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Ugandan government has called on the South Sudanese government to mobilize resources to support the welfare of its refugees in the neighboring East African country.
Kampala says the presence of refugees mainly from South Sudan and DRC is posting an extra burden on the government while their governments contribute nothing to their welfare.
Uganda’s Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness, and Refugees Esther Anyakun Davina said it was time for South Sudan and DRC to begin resource mobilization and send Uganda.
“South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo must begin to mobilize resources and send them to Uganda, because it is us who are keeping, feeding, and hosting these refugees. It is us Uganda doing everything, so these countries must start mobilizing resources and send it to Uganda for refugee response,” Ms. Anyakun said.
Uganda claims that as of February 2022, the country had a total of 1,595,405 refugees, and 964,960 were from South Sudan. The number has since grown, with more than 35,000 new arrivals in March and April from DRC.
Reports on Tuesday noted that during a meeting with the steering group of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) on Wednesday in Kampala, Anyakun said now is the time for the countries whose citizens have been forced to flee to Uganda to start supporting them across the borders.
Uganda has had an open-door policy for refugees and asylum seekers from other countries at war. But Ms Anyakun said the policy is being exploited by the neighboring countries who have failed to secure the lives of their citizens.
“Something must be done and it has to be taken to another level in terms of engagement and in terms of resource mobilization because we are not going to be strained,” she warned.
Uganda says with the ongoing war in Ukraine, donations have dropped as donors shifted their focus to help Ukrainians.
“Uganda has fulfilled all the pledges it made, donors have fulfilled all the pledges it made, but the current emergency issue is beyond our capacity. That’s why I am asking the governments from other countries to start mobilizing resources and send to Uganda so that we can help them because all donors are now looking at the war in Ukraine,” she said.
Anyakun called for regional efforts to engage the warring factions to come to a roundtable to resolve their differences. She also said the governance issues in the respective countries must also be addressed through dialogue.