The European Union has announced Sh3.9 billion humanitarian aid for refugees in Kenya and Uganda. Christos Stylianides, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, said Kenya will get Sh1.1 billion and Uganda Sh2.8 billion, since it has the highest number of refugees in Africa. The aid to Kenya is in addition to the €1.5 million (Sh175 million) released in May for victims of the flooding that wreaked havoc in many parts. Kenya’s amount will go to Dadaab and Kakuma camps, Stylianides said in a statement on Thursday. It is expected to cater for the most most vulnerable, as well as grant children access to quality primary education. “The EU stands in solidarity with, and is committed to supporting, the most vulnerable refugees,” the Commissioner said. The EU will also support programmes to tackle the consequences of the prolonged drought witnessed in parts of the country.
Stylianides further said that emergency situations and newly arrivals will be prioritised, with special focus on the many refugees from South Sudan and the increasing influx of Congolese refugees. “It will provide emergency health and food assistance, water and sanitation, as well as protection and education in emergencies,” he said.