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Uganda currently hosts an unprecedented number of refugees and asylum seekers, with more than 1.42 million recorded as of March 2020. The majority of these refugees are South Sudanese and Congolese who are fleeing conflict in those countries.
The number of new arrivals from South Sudan in 2019 was considerably lower than in 2018, yet the number of Congolese refugees went up, with growing numbers of arrivals from North and South Kivu provinces. This trend is anticipated to continue as insecurity and ethnic violence remain ongoing in eastern DR Congo.
Uganda is known as a model implementer of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), and has historically been welcoming towards refugees, allocating them a plot of land and not forcing them to live in isolated camps. Nonetheless, today’s growing numbers put pressure on these systems, putting the “Uganda model” at risk.
DRC leads a multi-sectoral response targeting displacement affected persons as well as host communities and local populations. The response includes resilience building, livelihoods support, water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, cash-based interventions, shelter and infrastructure, armed violence reduction programmes, peacebuilding and conflict management trainings, along with individual protection and community services. DRC is committed to environmental sustainability.