As a young girl, Agnes fled a notorious Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, but through educational opportunities she was able to pursue her passion for fashion. She now gives back to refugees as the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) fashion and design teacher in Kampala – where they work to be self-reliant.
Here, she shares about her experiences traversing life from displacement to fashion expert.
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WFP is supporting the establishment of hot meals in newly opened settlements in Pagirinya (Adjumani District), and Bidibidi (Yumbe District) to respond better to the refugee influx.
Due to funding funding, WFP is implementing 50 percent ration reductions for refugees who arrived in Uganda before 01 July 2015, with the exception of malnourished children under five years, pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Kampala-24/08/16 - The Ministry of Health launched the Uganda Population based HIV Impact Assessment Survey (UPHIA) at the Ministry headquarters. The nationwide household survey will help in estimating HIV incidence,prevalence and viral load suppression among adults and children and provide accurate national and regional level data on the magnitude and dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country and will be used in planning for the response to the epidemic.
2,700 people have fled to Uganda over the past two days, 1,386 on Monday and 1,314 on Sunday.
Oraba continues to be the main border crossing point, and is now receiving nearly twice as many new arrivals on a daily basis than Elegu. This reflects the fact that most people arriving in Uganda in recent days are fleeing from Central Equatoria.
1.1 Food security situation
Overall food security classification shows that half of the population in Karamoja (50%) is food insecure, of which 12% were found to be severely food insecure. While these findings suggest a marginal increase in food insecurity at regional (Karamoja) level since June 2015, there were marked district level variations:
Significant deterioration in Kaabong, Kotido, Napak & Abim districts;
Marked improvement in Moroto & Nakapiripirit districts;
Overwhelmed aid agencies in Uganda are armed with insufficient resources to respond to South Sudanese refugees spilling across the border, after renewed violence pushed over 85,000 people into Uganda’s West Nile region since July.
272.1 M required for 2016 including special situations
72.3 M contributions received, representing 27% of requirements
199.8 M overall funding gap for Uganda
3,405 people have fled to Uganda over the past four days, 1,447 on Thursday, 683 on Friday, 389 on Saturday and 886 on Sunday.
6,734 people crossed in to Uganda last week, compared with 8,403 and 17,369 in the week starting 8 August and 1 August respectively.
Uganda Red Cross Volunteers on June 26th braved the night, cold and bloody boarder of Nimule – Connecting Uganda to South Sudan in rescue of refugees fleeing uncertainty when fighting broke out in Wau, South Sudan forcing thousands of people to flee to Uganda. The situation has since been tense and alarming. Hundreds of lives have been claimed in the fights and many more rescued because of the presence of Humanitarian support from key players like Uganda Red Cross.
The country’s unusual open policy gives refugees land, education and a chance to work – but instability in neighbouring nations is putting pressure on resources
When they fled to Kampala from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in February 2008, Robert Hakiza’s family had food for two months. “The third month was a disaster,” he says. By May, though, his mother and two sisters were out making money. “My sister started selling necklaces,” he says. “At one point, she was keeping the entire family of eight.”
- As end of June 2016: 229,176 Refugees and asylum-seekers
- Post 1st July 2016: 82,272 Refugees (new arrivals)
Key statistics (Post 1 July 2016)
- 64 % of the population are Children <18
- 87 % of the population are Women and Children
- 3 % of the population are Elderly
The Government of Uganda and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are implementing containment measures in the recently-opened Pagirinya settlement in Adjumani district following confirmation of an outbreak of cholera.
49 South Sudanese refugees and one Ugandan national have been confirmed to have contracted the disease. 44 have been provided with treatment and subsequently discharged from health facilities having fully recovered, while two patients remain in quarantine.
1,039 South Sudanese refugees fled to Uganda yesterday, a similar level to the 1,051 that fled the previous day.
Tuesday 15th August - The Government of Uganda - Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) have appealed to donors to urgently speed contributions to the humanitarian response to refugees in Uganda to end a funding shortage that has forced a revision of survival rations.
1,051 South Sudanese refugees crossed in to Uganda yesterday, an increase compared to the 667 people that crossed the previous day. 265 people crossed using the Elegu border point (Adjumani axis), 103 in Moyo, 34 in Lamwo and 370 in Oraba (Arua axis). 279 refugees were received at Kiryandongo Reception Centre. Most new arrivals in Kiryandongo are reportedly arriving directly from their area of origin in South Sudan.