World Food Program’s (WFP) 24 million dollars worth of food is enough sustain the current refugee population until September this year.
WFP spokesperson, Lydia Wamala says though that there will be need for more funding there after. Wamala says that no formal appeal for more funds has been made but the organisation was keeping its known funders in the know of the situation on the ground.
WFP hopes that more funds would be dispersed to buy more food before September to aleviate their worry should refugee numbers keep increasing.
WFP’s pipeline is relatively strong at present, as a result of 2013 funding from the United States (US$12 million), Japan (US$8 million), the UK (US$3.2million) and UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (US$1.2 million).
Early this week the UNHCR Country Representative said his organization would need 15million dollars to sustain the current refugee population at 270,000 refugees.
WFP is currently feeding 162,000 refugees in southwest and northwest Uganda, mostly Congolese and South Sudanese fleeing fighting in other parts of the region.
On top of this number are the 15,600 refugees that have been moved to the Bubukwanga transit centre in Bundibugyo.
Recently WFP sent 54metric tones of food to Bubukwanga enough to feed 20,000 people for five days. The food is being prepared and served communally by the Uganda Red Cross Society for the refugee population there.
Given the limited access to alternative food it was recommended WFP provides a wet ration at 2,100carories per person per day to each registered refugee.
Other agencies like UNHCR, UNICEF, and OPM provide support services in the areas of health, nutrition, shelter and security.
Wamala explained that in-case of need of food WFP trucks are on standby to deliver additional food as may be required.