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Uganda seeks $2 billion for South Sudan refugees at planned summit

Staff Writer | May 10, 2017
Uganda hopes to raise $2 billion in donations at a U.N. refugee summit next month to help fund relief operations for refugees flowing in from neighbouring South Sudan, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said.
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The east African country hosts a total of 1.2 million refugees, of which almost 800,000 are South Sudanese who fled the world's youngest country since the outbreak of civil war.

Rugunda said Uganda faced difficulties in coping with the influx, which ballooned recently since the latest wave of violence erupted in July.

"The... numbers are placing a huge strain on our already stressed ability to cater for food," he told a news conference.

"We are hoping that... we will be able to raise $2 billion from the summit," he said in Kampala, where the U.N.-hosted gathering is set to be held.