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“School is important,” Ala explains. “It helps you to pay attention, and to communicate with other people. The teachers give me good advice, so that I can become a good person, and I learn how to protect myself. When I go to school, I am happy.”
By Susan Grace Duku My name is Susan Grace Duku. I am 33 years old and I have spent 21 of those years as refugee. This week we learned that the number of people in situations like mine - forced from their homes because of violence or persecution – has passed 70 million worldwide [ https://www.unhcr...
One of the consequences of the lack of balance is Violence Against Women and Girls (VAW/G). This can be described as “acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivations of liberty”. This type of violence is gender-based, meaning...
Despite having dropped out of school in 2014, Janet never lost hope. She believed that a day would come when her desire to go back to school would be met. And the opportunity came in the refugee settlement where she re-enrolled for school in 2017.
Elizabeth Ashamu Deng , Oxfam’s South Sudan Regional Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, spoke with Susan Grace Duku, the women’s representative to the highest refugee leadership body in Rhino Settlement, Arua District, about challenges she has experienced as a female refugee leader and how she uses...
By Elizabeth Stevens More than a million refugees from South Sudan have fled to Uganda, where Oxfam partners are helping women fight for equality, security, justice, and dignity. When women arrive in northern Uganda from South Sudan, they are fresh from the horrors of war. They tell of the arrival...
Emmanuel spends his days in Kyakya II refugee settlement sitting in the shade of a simple wooden structure. Most people from the surrounding area know him; he is the tailor. “Not many refugees possess a sewing machine, but I brought mine from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),” he proudly...
Prince has found refuge in Kyakya II only recently. His way to finding safety and security was not one without hurdles. “The soldiers brought me to a forest, tied my wrists and ankles to a chair, and left me there to slowly die,” he goes on. “After some long hours I realized the ropes around my...
Her name is Sandra and she is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She came to Uganda in 2001 at the age of eight, fleeing the violence in the DRC together with her mother and sister. Sandra has been volunteering with Oxfam since April this year. “I like it,” she says. “I am...