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23 Oct 2017 description

Kampala, 23 October 2017 – In Uganda’s capital around 75,000 displaced persons live as urban refugees – a life that is fraught with uncertainty and doubt. For the most part, asylum seekers and refugees arriving in Kampala are in a destitute condition: many are challenged by language barriers, and lacking means of earning a livelihood, sellable skills, and start-up capital for entrepreneurial opportunities.

13 Oct 2017 description

See the photostory by Sergi Camara/Entreculturas

Masisi, 13 October 2017 – In the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the territory of Masisi remains entrenched in armed conflict, ethnic violence, and instability. Within this insecure situation, thousands of families flee their homes each year.

15 Sep 2017 description


In Lovua Settlement, MDM is currently using the following intervention points/places: MSF’s Health Clinic; Group Activities: provisionally within UNICEF tents and outreach in the villages. In terms of casemanagement, some three cases were identified and supported during the reporting period, all related to emotional stress. Training on alternative group activities for refugee youth and team building activities. In terms of outreach, daily visit to the different villages in view to inform the community on available services and staff.

07 Sep 2017 description



  • Short Workshop: Balanced Couples Relationships (BCR), provided for two Angolan

  • Individual Emotional Support and Counselling to RDC Refugees:

  • 15.08.17 Male, adult - Traumatic Reallocation (45’)

  • 15.08.17 Female, adult - Traumatic Reallocation (30’)

  • 16.08.17 Male, adult - Emotional Support (30’)

  • 16.08.17 Female, adult - Emotional Support (40’)

  • 31.08.17 Male adult - Stress/Insomnia intervention (30’)

30 Jun 2017 description

Goma, 30 June 2017 - The Great Lakes Region has witnessed one of the largest human migration situations on the African continent and, indeed, in the world. This is a result of the combination, over the past two decades, of generalised violence among the various groups under arms, inter-community conflicts and disputes for access to resources, the weakness of nation states and the absence of any mechanisms for guaranteeing the rights of the local populations.

16 Jun 2017 description

Dzaleka, 16 June 2017 – As I walked up to Hugo he had a camera and phone in his hands and was talking with friends. As a community journalist, Hugo, 22 years old, is assigned with documenting and disseminating news and events happening at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.

He greeted me with a contagious smile and we immediately started talking about our cameras, sharing in our excitement for communications work.

09 Jun 2017 description

Dundo, 9 June 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service and UNHCR are responding to the emergency situation in the province of Lunda Norte, Angola, providing support to thousands of Congolese fleeing violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

06 Jun 2017 description

Masisi, 25 May 2017- For Saint Ignatius, education was the gateway to the path that leads to God, but crossing the threshold of this gateway is far from easy in today’s world. In the Jesuit tradition, we have gained extensive experience over the centuries, experience which tells us that human beings reach their full potential only when their intellectual development is fully stimulated. It is for this reason that we, the agents of JRS, value the education of all young people throughout the world, not only as a gift for helping a person to blossom, but as a fundamental right.

06 Jun 2017 description

Dundo, 17 May 2017 - “The situation here is desperately urgent. Thousands of Congolese are fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo and seeking refuge in neighbouring Angola,” reports Tim Smith, JRS Regional Director of Southern Africa, from his visit to north east Angola. More than 20,000 people have crossed the border since early April, fleeing increasing violence in Kasai Province. Women and children make up the majority of the refugees.

31 May 2017 description

Overview: This document presents Asylum Seekers population statistics of Congolese recently pre-registred in the provincial capital of Dundo and surroundings in Lunda Norte Province. The complex emergency in Kasai Central Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began with the violent uprising of a local militia (Kamuina Nsapu) in August 2016. Since then the crisis has spread to provinces of Kasai, Eastern Kasai and Lomami.

30 Nov 2016 description

Batouri, 29 November 2016 - "I still do not know why the war is going on in our country, the Central African Republic," says Haman, a refugee from CAR living in the Ketté area, Eastern Cameroon. Haman lives in the little town of Boubara with his wife and five sons.

Haman is originally from the area of Berberati, close to the border with Cameroon. He had a quiet life and worked as a diamond miner in Carnot. He also took care of cattle including cows, goats and sheep as most of his countrymen did.

17 Feb 2015 description

Kashunga, 16 February 2015 – Moambi's white blouse gleams bright in the morning sun of Kashuga. She beams with pride in her new school uniform – she gets to attend high school after two years of staying at home.

Maombi is one of the more than 2.7 million internally displaced persons living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She and her family fled their homes due to attacks from one of the countless armed groups operating in the region. Having left all behind, Maombi's family had very little resources to start over.

17 Feb 2015 description

Kashunga, 16 février 2015 – La blouse blanche de Maombi brille au soleil du matin à Kashunga. Elle rayonne de fierté dans son nouvel uniforme scolaire - elle va entrer à l'école secondaire après être restée deux ans à la maison.

Maombi est l'une des 2,7 millions de personnes déplacées qui vivent en République Démocratique du Congo. Sa famille et elle-même ont fui de chez eux suite aux attaques d'un des innombrables groupes armés dans la région. Ayant tout laissé derrière elle, la famille de Maombi n'avait que peu de possibilités économiques pour tout recommencer.

16 Feb 2015 description

Goma, le 12 février 2015 – «Je les ai rejoints car je n'avais rien d'autre à faire».

Trois anciens enfants soldats assis sur un banc face à leur ancien professeur, expliquent calmement pourquoi ils ont rejoint plusieurs groupes armés autour de leur village.

13 Feb 2015 description

Goma, 12 February 2015 – "I went because there was nothing else to do."

Three former child soldiers sit on a bench in front of their former teacher and calmly explain their motivations for joining several armed groups surrounding the village.

Pierre, Luc and Niye come from an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Mweso, North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With no jobs and little to eat, many children, some as young as eight, leave their families for more lucrative opportunities in the bush.

03 Feb 2015 description

Dzaleka, 28 January 2015 – Many people in the Great Lakes and East Africa regions believe the body parts of people affected with albinism can be used as charms to bring luck and prosperity. Those affected with the lack of pigmentation are dehumanized and treated as valuable commodities, causing many to flee to Dzaleka camp. These albino refugees all share similar stories of flight, and while they find some sense of security in the camp, many challenges remain.

03 Feb 2015 description

Dzaleka, 28 janvier 2015 – Un grand nombre de personnes dans la région des Grands Lacs et en Afrique de l'Est croient que les parties du corps des personnes affectées d'albinisme peuvent être utilisées comme talismans pour apporter de la chance et de la prospérité. Ceux qui sont affectés d'absence de pigments, qui cause l'albinisme, sont déshumanisés et traités comme des marchandises de valeur, ce qui provoque leur fuite en grand nombre vers le camp Dzaleka.

22 Jan 2015 description

Mweso, 17 janvier 2015 – «Je me suis enrôlé deux fois, parce que je n'avais rien à faire», explique Pierre, un ancien enfant soldat de dix-sept ans. «La première fois, c'était en 2006. Les recruteurs au camp me promettaient de la nourriture, un travail, et une carrière militaire. Il ne m'a pas fallu longtemps pour me convaincre d'aller dans la brousse et de tenter ma chance.»

22 Jan 2015 description

Mweso, 17 January 2015 – "I joined twice, because I had nothing to do," explains Pierre, a 17-year-old former child solider. "The first time was in 2006. The recruiters in the camp promised me food, a job, and a military career. It didn't take much to get me to go into the bush and try my luck."

A humanitarian organisation found Pierre two years later and sent back him back to a camp for the internally displaced persons (IDPs). When asked which organisation, Pierre shrugs, "white people."