President Yoweri Museveni woke up this morning to surprise mail in his box from a stranger in the United States of America thanking him and Ugandans for their gesture towards refugees.
Mrs. Adrienne Douglas said in her short letter to the President that she believes that his actions toward the refugees that he has allowed into Uganda are to be admired and his kindness serves as an example to people all over the world.
She enclosed a Postal Money Order cheque worth US$100 and said the money is towards support to the people of Uganda.
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“This is noble. Every effort to support refugees is welcome. Accepting refugees is part of our solidarity. I want to thank Mrs. Adrienne Douglas for supporting this cause,” he said.
In January this year, during a meeting between President Museveni and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, at the sidelines of the 28th Africa Union Summit in Addis Ababa, President Yoweri Museveni called for a solidarity conference on refugees. The Conference to be co-hosted by Uganda and the United Nations is now set for June 22, 2017 in Uganda and it is aimed at mobilizing resources for refugees in Uganda.
Uganda is host to over 1.3million refugees in the region; 900,000 South Sudanese, 50,000 Burudians, 20,000 Rwandans, 44,000 Somalis, 280,000 Congolese from the DRC, 13,000 Eritreans and 11,000 Sudanese.
Uganda is currently ranked as the second-largest refugee-hosting country in the world after Turkey.