WFP Assists New Congolese Refugees In Uganda
The food line at Nyakabande transit centre in south-western Uganda. Working with the Red Cross, WFP provides meals to all refugees and asylum seekers who continue to arrive, fleeing instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In mid-morning, WFP provides corn soya blend, a fortified blended food full of essential micronutrients that can be made into porridge.
WFP provides what is often an asylum seeker’s first full hot meal in days. Young men who are themselves refugees cook the WFP food, usually in pans on large stoves.
WFP provides the required minimum of 2,100 kilocalories per person per day to help the refugees and asylum seekers stay healthy and well-fed.
At the moment WFP supports nearly 160,00 refugees, the majority of whom are Congolese. With a funding shortfall currently, WFP prioritizes new arrivals over refugees that arrived sometime back in Uganda.
WFP assistance eases the resettlement process for refugees. On arrival in Uganda, often with traumatized or malnourished children, and with hardly any belongings, refugees are usually not in position to cook for themselves.
In the villages where refugees get settled, WFP provides take-home rations. These sustain the refugees until they are able to provide for themselves from land that the Government allocates to each family.
As people continue to flee fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, WFP ensures to reach them with the right foods at a transit camp in Uganda.