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Norway marks the World Humanitarian Day 19th of August

On Saturday 19th of August, we mark the World Humanitarian Day, a day where we pay tribute to people affected by crisis and aid workers who risks their lives in humanitarian service around the world.

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Millions of civilians are forced to flee for their lives, children are taken out of school and aid and health workers risking their lives to help, are being targeted. This year, the number of refugees in Uganda has reached over 1.3 million. NRC states that since 2013 over one million people have fled from South Sudan to Uganda, with about one third of this number arriving in 2017.

Uganda is among the countries in the world who are hosting the most refugees. According to numbers from UNHCR more than 85% of the refugees who have arrived to Uganda so far are women and children. They are in need of protection, education, health care and food.  The situation in Uganda is tough. For instance, the small village called Bidi Bidi has over the past 9 months grown into one of the world`s largest refugee settlements with over 272, 000 displaced people.

As we mark #WHD2017 The Norwegian government calls all states and parties to conflicts to respect that civilians are #NotaTarget, that children are #NotaTarget, that aid workers are #NotaTarget, and that Health workers are #NotaTarget.

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