refugees

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...
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...
Esperanza says that one day she would like to go back to school. This is one of her biggest hopes for the future. In the DRC, she stopped studying a couple of years ago because her father could not afford paying for school fees anymore. “My dream is to become a nurse and be able to help people,”...
Kambese Mubawa is a 40-year-old from Kiwanga village, Rutushuru zone, North Kivu Province. He fled the Democratic Republic of Congo because of the conflicts in his region. He unfortunately lost some family members to these conflicts. “I watched helplessly as the rebels slit my elder brother’s...
Furaha Vasta is a 33-year-old refugee from Goma, North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She and her family fled to Uganda because of the intertribal conflicts that have continued to disturb the residents of North Kivu.
“What can we do to end the suffering that we have faced for a long time in our country? We hear the sound of bombs, bombs have finished us all. We can see that Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya have developed because they are peaceful. What can we the Acholi people do to unite and bring peace?” Women of...

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