At the start of 2017, Uganda surpassed Ethiopia and Kenya as the biggest refugee host on the continent, largely owing to the ongoing civil war in South Sudan. Uganda now hosts over 1 million refugees according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, of which about 700,000 are from South Sudan alone. Many of these are settled at the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in the northwestern district of Yumbe, currently the biggest refugee camp in the world. In June, the country co-hosted a refugee summit aimed at raising funds to support resettlement efforts where up to $358million out of an anticipated $2billion was raised. Analysts warn that unless more support is raised, the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis could get out of hand.
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