KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The European Union has
announced a 100,000 Euros humanitarian funding towards
Congolese refugees in Uganda.
recent influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC) into Uganda, the European Commission has
made an initial 100,000 Euros in humanitarian funding
available for the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC),” EU announced on
Gyezaho, the Press and Information Officer at EU in
Uganda said the funding is part of the EU’s overall
contribution to IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)
and will allow the Uganda Red Cross Society to assist
6,000 newly arrived Congolese refugees from Djugu in
majority of these refugees form Congo are reaching
Uganda in rickety fishing boats across Lake Albert
before being transferred to Kyangwali Refugee
Settlement. “However, many of the fleeing Congolese are
unable to pay for the journey across the lake. An
estimated 65 percent of the refugees are children,”
added the communication.
December 1 2017, 13,970 refugees have arrived from DRC’s
Ituri and North Kivu provinces, bringing the total
number of Congolese refugees in Uganda to over 242,000.
The refugees reportedly fled a new cycle of
intercommunal violence which saw armed groups killing,
looting and torching houses.
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
Old and new
conflicts in DRC have driven an estimated 4.4 million
Congolese from their homes. The vast majority, 3.9
million people, are internally displaced in DRC. The
remaining half a million are refugees in neighbouring
Chinese funded projects
create over 16,500 jobs in Uganda last year: official
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Chinese-funded projects totaling
53 have created 16,511 jobs for Ugandans in the first 11
months of 2017, while bilateral trade between China and
Uganda amounted to 750 million U.S. dollars during the
same period, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zheng Zhuqiang
the revelation on Monday while addressing hundreds of
Chinese living in Uganda during celebrations for the
upcoming Chinese New Year in the capital Kampala.
both China and Uganda maintained good momentum of
development in various fields such as economic
cooperation, trade and investment, culture, educational
exchange and government assistance,” he said.
cited the Confucius Institute at Makerere University
launched three years ago in collaboration with China’s
Xiangtan University as an example of deepening cultural
institute which aims at promoting business and cultural
ties between the two countries has seen a surge in
Ugandans interested in learning more about China and
enrolling for courses in Chinese.
friendly relations between China and Uganda will even be
deepened further in 2018 and these will be favorable to
all those who are engaged in Uganda’s development
agenda,” he said.
cited the Chinese-funded projects such as the Isimba
Hydropower Station, the Entebbe Airport Expressway and
others as creating employment for the locals.