Norway donates fund to children, women in northern Uganda

KAMPALA, Jul 6, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Norway has contributed 1.1 million US dollars to assist children and women affected by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency in northern Uganda.

The donation followed a recent appeal from the Ugandan government and the United Nations for seeking a funding shortfall of 101 million dollars for alleviating the humanitarian situation in the north and parts of the eastern Uganda.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative in Uganda, Martin Mogwanja, was quoted by local media on Wednesday as saying that the contribution would strengthen its response to the most urgent needs of the internally displaced persons.

Launching the Consolidated Inter-Aid Appeal (CAP) mid-term review in Kampala last week, Ugandan First Deputy Prime Minister Lt. Gen. Ali Moses appealed to development partners to join the government in improving the lives of the targeted 2.5 million vulnerable people in the north and parts of eastern Uganda.

The CAP is a UN-led mechanism for coordinating aid as well as appropriate planning and response to emergencies.

The CAP targets over 1.4 million people displaced by the LRA rebels in the war-torn north, over 240,000 refugees from the neighboring countries, and hundreds of thousands of disaster- attacked people in northeastern Uganda and vulnerable children in the east African country.