‘Solidarity Summit’ has raised $358 million for refugees, UN announces
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 24-Jun-2017

Kampala, June 24: Refugee issue is tormenting Africa, especially Nigeria, Uganda since a long time. Especially, in last month, the return of refugees to their native places is worsening the situation. Thousands of refugees are living in a horrible situation without minimum possession. Today UN held a summit Solidarity Summit’ for refugees hosted by Uganda. This has raised some $358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced today. UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, that it was a “good starting point” although the international conference was looking to raise $2 billion.

The World Bank and the African Development Bank had promised: “innovative funding” for projects involving both refugees and the local communities. Over 1.2 million refugees are now in Uganda. According to, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimate, around 950,000 of them are from South Sudan.

The majority of refugees are women and children. They walk a long route to reach safety zone. They reach the destination in a starved condition. They have their first meal at Imvepi reception center. The mass influx has triggered a humanitarian emergency, what the Secretary-General described as the “biggest refugee exodus since the genocide in Rwanda.”

UN Chief António Guterres has said that everything must be done to end the war in South Sudan. It is estimated that close to one-third of the people in South Sudan have been uprooted from their homes by the ongoing conflict.