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DFID: Support for DRC refugees as Greening urges other donors to step up

DfID press release

Britain will help provide emergency health care, education, shelter and safe drinking water for 50,000 refugees in Uganda who have fled conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

The emergency assistance will ensure that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees can continue to provide a vital lifeline of shelter and relief to refugees in western Uganda for the next three months.

Current resources only allow the UN to provide shelter and protection in Uganda until the end of December 2012. Britain is calling on all donors to step up their commitments immediately. Without extra funds now, many refugees could be left with no further help.

Announcing the support, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

"Our aid will help thousands of refugees who have fled conflict to get the basic help they need to survive.

"We must act now to prevent this crisis from deteriorating into a full blown emergency.

"Britain is committed to finding a lasting solution to the conflict in this region. We will continue to work with Uganda, Rwanda and DRC to secure a peaceful resolution, but other donors must not stand by. It is vital that the whole international community comes together to help people to rebuild their lives and return home."

Following an assessment by DFID's own humanitarian experts in late November, Britain will help UNHCR to provide assistance and protection to up to 50,000 people. This will include:

· Providing temporary shelter, household items, blankets and sleeping mats for more than ten thousand refugees

· Ensuring refugee children have access to basic primary education

· Provide health care and 15 litres of water per day to more than ten thousand refugees who need it most.



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