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Uganda: UAE donates food to displaced S Sudanese

Author : Junior Ali | Published: Monday, September 19, 2016

An estimated 60,000 refugees from South Sudan sheltering in Uganda are set to benefit from more than 100 tons of relief supplies from United Arab Emirates.

According to the state news agency, the donation was instructed by the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

They include sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, buckets and other essential items.

The Spokesperson of the UNHCR in Uganda, Charles Yaxely, yesterday tweeted the landing of the charter cargo plane, carrying the supplies at the Entebbe International Airport from Dubai.

The Emirates News Agency says basic relief items for children, women and the elderly will be transported to the Pagiarinya settlement in Adjumani District by humanitarian agencies and the Ugandan authorities.

A few days ago, the UN High Commission for Refugees reported that the number of South Sudanese fleeing to other countries as refugees has passed one million.

It says Uganda accounts more than 300,000. This is the largest group of the refugees from South Sudan.

They are being sheltered in camps along the border area with South Sudan in the Adjumani, Yumbe and Moyo districts.

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