today's Pick
Brazil aids refugees in Uganda with rice worth sh2.6b
Publish Date: Mar 21, 2013
newvision
  • mail
  • img

By Carol Kasujja

Brazil has donated 2,000 metric tons of rice worth $1million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to feed 155,000 refugees living in Uganda.


"Brazil is pleased to be able to offer this critical support to refugees in Uganda," said Antonio Ricarte, Charge d'Affaires of Brazil to Uganda.

Speaking at a press conference held at WFP head offices in Nalukolongo, Kampala, Ricarte stressed the need to support all African countries.

"Our commitment to international humanitarian cooperation has become a cornerstone of our solidarity over the past 10 years with more than 50 countries, mainly in Africa and Latin America." He said.

Ricarte said Brazil had become a major donor to WFP globally, and since 2011, the country had contributed more than 300,000 tons of grain to 35 countries facing food insecurity.

He said Brazil had substantially increased its annual contributions to WFP worldwide from US$1 million in 2007 to US$82 million in 2012.

"WFP is extremely grateful to the Government of Brazil for its support, especially as it will benefit the recently-arrived Congolese refugees in Uganda," said WFP Country Director Sory Ouane.

Ouane, believes that south-south cooperation helps developing countries share resources for mutual benefit.

The Minister for disaster preparedness Musa Echeru, requested Brazil to also support other refugees in other neighboring countries so that they do not affect the countries they visit.

 "This contribution from Brazil is timely and we are happy for developed countries to support countries like Uganda," Echeru said.

WFP is currently supporting an estimated 155,000 refugees, as well as providing nutrition support to malnourished children across Uganda.

Most of the refugees come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi. WFP food assistance is generally their only source of nutritious food, until they are able to provide for themselves in Uganda.

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Apple Watch to go on sale in April
THE Apple Watch will start shipping in April to consumers, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook...
Analogue TVs to be switched off in 3 months
HOUSEHOLDS which are still using analogue television sets have barely three months to upgrade to digital if they are to continue watching television...
Somali ex-Shebab chief tells others to surrender
A former top commander from Somalia''s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, called on his former comrades Tuesday to follow his lead and surrender to the country''s internationally-backed government....
Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport
Dubai airport has soared ahead of London''s Heathrow, riding a boom in long-haul flights between Asia and the West to become the world''s top international travel hub, it said Tuesday...
Survivors return to Auschwitz after 70 years
SEVENTY years after the liberation of Auschwitz, ageing survivors and dignitaries gather at the site synonymous with the Holocaust...
Americans still confusing Sikhs for Muslims
MORE than a decade after 9/11, Americans who come across a turban-wearing Sikh are still prone to mistaking him for a Muslim...
Is gambling the cause of poverty amomg youth?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter