First ever national survey on Violence Against Children in Uganda launched
KAMPALA, 9 AUGUST, 2018 - Three in four young adults in Uganda have experienced some form of violence during their childhood, according to Uganda’s first ever Violence Against Children Survey, launched today by the Government of Uganda and its partners.
Since gaining independence in 1962, Uganda has provided asylum to people fleeing war and persecution in neighboring countries, especially South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi. Uganda's progressive refugee policy grant refugees freedom of movement, the right to seek employment and establish businesses, and to access public services such as education, health care and justice. In refugee-hosting districts, services are integrated with government service delivery systems, whenever feasible.
With more than 1.2 million refugees, mostly from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan, Uganda is one of the top-most refugee hosting countries worldwide. Due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, many further refugees currently cross the border to Uganda.
OBJECTIVE OF THE ANALYSIS
Uganda presents a unique political framework for the refugee population living in the country, promoting refugees’ self-reliance and favouring a development-based approach to refugee assistance. Nevertheless, the magnitude and the speed of influx of refugees are challenging the implementation of this progressive policy.