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ACT Alliance Appeal - Uganda: Adjumani Refugees Initiative for Self-reliance & Empowerment (ARISE Project) – UGA151

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Appeal Target: US$ 507,887

Balance Requested: US$ 507,887

Geneva 15 April 2015

Dear Colleagues,

South Sudan is facing violence since almost 16 months, steaming from a power struggle between the incumbent President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar, which erupted on 15th December 2013 in Juba when Mr. Kiir accused Mr. Machar of staging a coup. Violence has since prevailed and is often breaking out along ethnical lines between Dinka and Nuer tribes.

Besides the ongoing violence in the country, growing food insecurity further affects the people of South Sudan. Political negotiations to settle the conflict continued throughout the year 2014, following negotiations to cease hostilities in January 2015. Despite the signing of a peace agreement on the establishment of a Transitional Government of National Unity in February 2015, each of the warring parties has since accused the other party of not adhering to clauses of the agreement, thus raising concerns if sustainable peace, security and stability will be achieved anytime soon. World leaders, UN Envoys, and diplomats have added their voices on the needs to adopt durable solutions to end this crisis with demand for a total stop of violence and for sustainable peace.

But even if the political situation stabilized, the humanitarian impact would still be felt throughout the year 2015. Because of this fragile political situation, South Sudanese people keep fleeing to the neighbouring countries, Uganda being one of them. The refugees are entering through 3 main entry points to Adjumani, Koboko/ Arua and Kiryandongo districts. 142,569 South Sudanese have sought refuge in Uganda, with 90,343 now registered in Adjumani district, where the ACT Alliance member Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is concentrating its intervention. LWF has been focusing on the Adjumani district to offer humanitarian assistance to the refugees in the transit center and in the settlements during the 2014 ACT appeal. As there is no sign of peace in South Sudan, which would allow the refugees to return home in the near future, attention will turn to other recent crisis, resulting in a reduction of funding allocated to refugee programs in Uganda. It is therefore important to focus on linking relief and development by focusing on the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and self-reliance across all sectors of intervention. Taking this into consideration, LWF will continue its efforts in Boroli,
Nyumanizi, Ayilo I, Baratuku through the provision of Non-Food Items (NFIs), livelihoods and psychosocial support, as well as peace and conflict resolution in 2015 through the following appeal, which is the second and herewith consecutive ACT appeal tackling the support of the South Sudanese refugee population in Uganda.