Japan Enables WFP Reach New Congolese Refugees
DRC refugees await WFP assistance at Rwamwanja refugee settlement in Uganda. WFP is supporting more than 145,000 refugees in Uganda, nearly 40 percent of whom arrived this year.
The Japanese grant is helping WFP give assistance to refugees at reception centres, in nutrition clinics and in their settlement villages.
A refugee mother waits for her share of maize meal bought by WFP with funds from Japan. The donation has also covered the purchase of maize grain and beans.
Another mother waits in line for her share of the food bought with Japanese funding. The WFP food basket consists of cereals, beans, vegetable oil, blended foods for children and iodized salt.
Family representatives are required to line up according to their size number to receive their food from WFP’s partners.
Re-opened recently by the Uganda Government to accommodate the latest DRC refugees, Rwamwanja has nearly 32,000 people on full WFP rations.
WFP and partners make sure to have this on display so the refugees can voice any complaints they may have.
A regular and generous funder of WFP, Japan contributed US$5 million to operations in Uganda this year. Of this sum, US$2 million has been used by WFP to support refugees, among them new arrivals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).