Uganda seeks 101 million dollars for 2.5 million vulnerable people

KAMPALA, Jul 1, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda and the United Nations are seeking a funding shortfall of 101 million US dollars for alleviating the humanitarian situation in north and parts of eastern Uganda, local media reported on Friday.
Launching the Consolidated Inter-Aid Appeal (CAP) mid-term review in Kampala on Thursday, Ugandan First Deputy Premier Lt. Gen. Moses Ali appealed to development partners to join the government in improving the lives of the targeted 2.5 million vulnerable people in the region.

"The government is ready to take the leadership of the endeavor, with the support of the UN and all its partners and in collaboration with local communities," Ali said.

Ali, who is also the minister for disaster preparedness and refugees, said the government was committed to peace and security and the launch of the internally displaced persons policy was evidence of that.

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

CAP targets over 1.4 million people displaced by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in war-torn north, over 240,000 refugees from the neighboring countries, and hundreds of thousands of disaster-attacked people in northeastern parts of the country and vulnerable children in the east African countries.