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EU gives 100,000 Euros aid to Congolese refugees

FILE PHOTO: Refugees in a Ugandan camp

EU gives 100,000 Euros aid to Congolese refugees

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Congolese refugees living in Uganda are set to benefit from aid to the tunes of 100,000 Euros from the European Union.

According to a statement by the EU, the money will be available to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and that initially assistance will go the fields of health, sanitation, water and hygiene where Red Cross staff will engage in outreaches and providing psycho social support.

“Renewed fighting and atrocities in DRC are driving thousands of Congolese from their homes. After the long journey, many of them arrive in the refugee settlement weakened and destitute.

EU funding is being released to increase the safe water supply and improve sanitation, hygiene and health services. It is crucial that we provide dignified living conditions and prevent disease outbreaks,” said Isabelle D’Haudt, head of office for EU civil protection and humanitarian aid in Kampala.

Uganda is host to about 240,000 Congolese refugees whereby just between December and January this year over 14,000 refugees arrived in the country via Kisoro, Kanungu and Lake Albert.

The refugees say that they fled the country following the springing up of violence that left some dead and property looted. Most of the refugees are from Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

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