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20 Jul 2018 description

Adjumani, 20 July 2018 – “My aim is not satisfying myself with knowledge but having a knowledge that is going to be beneficial for others,” says Vumilia Ameshinda reflecting on his future. “One day, I would like to see my name associated with a positive impact for the whole community. I would like to create a legacy that will benefit the community, the country, and ultimately the world – if possible.”

Vumilia is one of the refugee students sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) attending Ocer Campion Jesuit College, a Jesuit secondary school in Gulu, northern Uganda.

20 Jul 2018 description
report Save the Children

Uganda is now Africa’s largest host country, with over 1.4 million refugees seeking safety and a future there. Last week I visited one of the Early Childhood Development Centres and Child Friendly Spaces that SCUK supports through the Children’s Emergency Fund (CEF). Kyangwali is a large refugee settlement, spread across green hills as far as the eye can see, home to tens of thousands of people – new arrivals from DRC, host communities living side by side with refugees, and communities from DRC and S.Sudan who have lived in the area for years.

18 Jul 2018 description

Over 89,000 people in ten countries will benefit from eleven projects totaling $4.2 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in June.

The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members Emergency Relief and Development Overseas, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Tearfund Canada and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.

One project, in northern Nigeria, is responding to the devastation caused by the Boko Haram fundamentalist group.

17 Jul 2018 description

Half way into the year, humanitarian organizations have only received 35 per cent of the money needed for relief worldwide. "Our humanitarian relief is a matter of life or death in many horrific war and disaster zones. The lack of funding leaves many desperate families without assistance. Mothers are forced to cut back on food for already malnourished children. Girls and boys are deprived of education and hope," warned Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland.

16 Jul 2018 description

Executive Summary

The year 2017 was poignantly marked by numerous humanitarian dramas around the world. From devastating natural disasters to deadly conflicts, Télécoms Sans Frontières has remained mobilised and adapted its response to the specific needs of the affected populations, introducing new and innovative means of providing communications aid.

13 Jul 2018 description

In June, USCRI staff were able to meet some of the masterminds behind the stunning documentary, Sauti: Gayle Nosal (Executive Producer and Director) and Favourite, whose story is told in the film. The film, called “Voice” in Swahili (“Sauti”) because the main characters tell their stories in their own voices, is unique in its depiction of the decades-long protracted refugee situation largely overlooked by much of the world as other global refugee situations continue to emerge.

Here is Gayle’s story on how Sauti came to be:

07 Jul 2018 description

Interview with Meryll Patois, HI rehabilitation technical advisor in Uganda

Why was it important for HI to start some rehabilitation activities for refugees in Uganda?

HI started its physical rehabilitation activities because the needs are very important due to the type of conflict faced by South Sudanese refugees. There are no other rehabilitation services in the camp at the moment; HI is the first organisation to provide this service.

02 Jul 2018 description

Global Overview JUNE 2018

29 Jun 2018 description
report CARE

Part of the agreement includes opening corridors for desperately needed humanitarian aid

JUBA, South Sudan (June 29, 2018) — The global humanitarian organization CARE is encouraged by the ceasefire announced this week by warring factions in the world’s youngest country, South Sudan, particularly the portion of the agreement calling for opening up corridors of humanitarian aid. The ceasefire is due to begin June 30, and the parties are committed to finalizing four outstanding issues in the security arrangements by that point.

28 Jun 2018 description
report World Vision

2.5 million girls in eastern Africa in urgent need of protection

More than 2.5 million girls have been forced to flee their homes across eastern Africa and are in urgent need of protection, a new report from World Vision has found.

22 Jun 2018 description
report NetHope

As we observe World Refugee Day today, NetHope’s mission comes into sharp focus: To improve the human condition.

When NetHope considers the 65.6 million people around the world forcibly displaced from their homes—more than 22.5 million refugees, half of whom are children—there is urgency to this mission. We are reminded of what we all have in common. On the most basic level, these individuals have the same aspirations we all have for ourselves and our families: to live a safe, fulfilling life.

21 Jun 2018 description
report World Vision

Key Messages

• Every day, refugees fleeing South Sudan arrive at Uganda’s borders, escaping violent conflict, a deteriorating economic situation and lack of basic services. Since 2013, more than 1 million South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda and 85 per cent of these refugees are women and children.

• South Sudanese children fled into Uganda after being exposed to intense levels of violence, malnutrition, exploitation and other forms of abuse. The effect of this exposure needs to be mitigated.

20 Jun 2018 description

As we mark World Refugee Day 2018 on June 20, governments confront humanitarian challenges of enormous proportion, with more than 68 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) around the world. The U.S. government has long played a key role in helping meet the needs of refugees and IDPs. Thus, it is appropriate and important that Refugees International (RI) evaluates and offers a report card on the Trump administration’s progress on refugee and humanitarian protection.

20 Jun 2018 description
report World Vision

Executive Summary

All over the world, children are living lives with no clear future after being forced to flee their homes. Driven out by conflict, extreme poverty, droughts, food shortages, or political turmoil, they and their families live in refugee settlements, with host communities who themselves struggle to cope, in the shadows, in between laws and in the middle of chaos.

20 Jun 2018 description
report Save the Children

This year we could unlock education’s unique power to help refugees – but only if we know exactly how we are going to do it and where the money is going to come from. That’s why, for World Refugee Day, Save the Children has released a new report – a practical global plan to get every refugee child into school.

19 Jun 2018 description

Since the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan in 2013, Uganda has offered a place of safety to more than 1 million people fleeing the conflict since July 2017. More than 85% of the refugees are women and children. Meryll Patois, HI’s rehabilitation technical advisor in Uganda outlines the needs of South Sudanese refugees and the services that our teams are providing.

Caring for the most vulnerable

19 Jun 2018 description

The much-anticipated Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), expected in late 2018, together with the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), promise to revitalize refugee response through a multi-stakeholder “whole of society” approach. At a time when the international community is grappling with fundamental questions such as the equitable sharing of responsibility for refugees, the views and opinions of citizens in East Africa are invaluable in charting new directions.

19 Jun 2018 description

The much-anticipated Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), expected in late 2018, together with the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), promise to revitalize refugee response through a multi-stakeholder “whole of society” approach. At a time when the international community is grappling with fundamental questions such as the equitable sharing of responsibility for refugees, the views and opinions of citizens in East Africa are invaluable in charting new directions.