With funders fixated on Ukraine, Uganda asks its neighbors to pay for refugees

By Musinguzi Blanshe
Posted on Tuesday, 3 May 2022 11:15

Congolese families, who fled from Democratic Republic of Congo by boat, sit in a queue at UNHCR's Kyangwali refugee settlement camp
Congolese families, who fled from Democratic Republic of Congo by fleeing on a boat across Lake Albert, sit in a queue at United Nations High Commission for Refugees' (UNHCR) Kyangwali refugee settlement camp, Uganda March 19, 2018. Picture taken March 19, 2018. REUTERS/James Akena

With the international community occupied with the war in Ukraine, Uganda says neighbouring countries whose citizens it hosts as refugees should start paying for their upkeep.

Uganda, a landlocked country of about 46 million people, hosts the second-largest refugee population in the world after Turkey.

As of the end of March, the East African nation was hosting 1.58 million refugees. Almost 90% of them are from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, neither of which is particularly keen — or able — to pay for them. Most recently, more than 30,000 Congolese refugees reportedly crossed into Uganda after resurgent M3 rebels resurfaced in eastern DRC.