Resilience

Divorced with four kids, Esther (not real names) battled with a violent partner for several years. Constrained by the belief in the Lugbara culture that domestic violence is a private issue, Esther couldn’t open up about the issue and thus continued to conceal and live with this for the years they...
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...
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...
Women at the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda in May 2017 voice their concern at the 50 percent cut in cereal rations each person was receiving.
Growing up, Jean-Christabel Asipkwe took a different path than many of her female contemporaries in Uganda, where girls often don’t get the same educational opportunities as boys. She went to school—all the way through a master’s program in public administration—and she has her mom to thank for...
The cassava project project focuses on cassava, one of the most important staple crops in Northern Uganda. Photo credit:Oxfam
Cassava Applied Research for Food Security is a 3-year project (2016-2018) designed to improve the food security situation of 2,500 direct beneficiaries of which 60% are female in districts of Pader and Oyam in Northern Uganda. This project focuses on cassava, one of the most important staple crops...
Sarah, the chairperson of a handicrafts group in Bidibidi refugee setttlement, uses a microphone to call women to join her group. Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam
In Uganda’s Bidibidi refugee resettlement camp, one woman is helping others make money—and heal—through a jewelry-making group. Forced from their homes after three years of brutal civil war in South Sudan, more than a million people are starting again as refugees in resettlement areas in Uganda...
Oruukit Farmers’ Group members during a cassava variety yield tasting in Pader district. Photo credit:Oxfam
The world produces enough foods to feed everyone but up to 795 million people of whom 70% are directly involved in production are malnourished. UNFAO also estimates that 800 million people go to bed hungry daily. Interestingly 80% of the food consumed in Asia and Sub Saharan Africa are provided by...

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