Emergency aid for refugees in Uganda

05 December, 2016 [Global Care]

Civil war in Southern Sudan has triggered a wave of refugees that has been largely ignored by the European media. Knorr-Bremse Global Care has donated €50,000 to a partner organization AMREF Health Africa in Uganda, where 500,000 Sudanese have already taken refuge.

Some 1 million Southern Sudanese have fled from the civil war in their country to neighboring countries that are also amongst some of the poorest in the world. The majority have ended up in Adjumani, north-western Uganda.

A small provincial town three months ago, Bidi-Bidi is now home to 160,000 people in the fourth biggest refugee camp in the world. The biggest problems they face are a lack of medical care, adequate food and clean drinking water.

Knorr-Bremse Global is sending a donation of €50,000 as emergency aid to AMREFf Health Africa. This non-government organization has been helping improve medical care for people in East Africa since the 1950s and has been operating in Adjumani since 2014.

Amref Health Africa is using the money to build wells with hand pumps for clean water, latrines, washing facilities and to supply basic medical care.

Every year since it was first set up by the Knorr-Bremse Group in 2005, the charitable organization Knorr-Bremse Global Care has provided emergency funding in the aftermath of natural disasters – most recently following the hurricane in Haiti, the drought in Ethiopia and the earthquake in Ecuador.