refugees

Access to water is one of the significant challenges that refugee settlements in Uganda grapple with. Even when water sources are available, they are far and often not convenient for groups such as people living with disabilities, the elderly, and women who shoulder the most significant burden of...
Water points are favorite play areas for children in rural areas. The pull could be because of the joy of drinking water that is clean and safe, the fascination of watching it fill up buckets, or simply splashing it all over the place. Five-year-old Wini (Juba Arabic for Winnie) is no exception on...
Refugee settlements often last decades and are a home to thousands. Providing suitable and sustainable sanitation solutions is regarded as one of the essential components of promoting public health in these settlements. Within Kyaka II Refugee Settlement in Kyegegwa District, Oxfam has continued to...
Leila Florence is a 28-year-old woman and South Sudanese refugee resettled in Omugo, refugee settlement since 2018. She recounts her ordeal: “When we were brought, life was very difficult. On arrival, there were no latrines for individual households. Shared latrines were constructed by different...
“Voice of Peace” with 30 members formed by the refugees for unity and fighting GBV Photo By Robert Ariaka/Oxfam
A Peace club formed by South Sudanese refugees in Imvepi settlement has contributed to bringing peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities. Comprising of 20 men and 10 women, the club called “Voice of Peace” formed in August 2019 and has greatly yielded fruits of peace. The group...
For the first time, I visited a refugee settlement recently. Prior my visit, I was skeptical about which settlement I wanted to see. Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Arua district has been marked one of the largest refugee settlements in the world so I thought it would give me a good understanding of...
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...
Laying out briquettes - alternatives to charcoal - to dry. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stevens/Oxfam
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, 16 non-governmental organisations call for urgent action to prevent and mitigate the impact of environmental degradation around refugee settlements in Uganda. Uganda currently hosts more than 1.25 million refugees, most of whom rely on natural resources in and...
Florentine is one of over 50,000 residents of Kyakya II refugee settlement in Uganda. She found her new home here at the end of 2016, escaping the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Florentine is a mother of two, a six and a three-year-old. One of her children is paralysed...
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...

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