Conflict in South Sudan flared up again in July 2016, forcing civilians to flee to neighbouring countries. As the conflict worsens and news of atrocoties spread, thousandsa arrive every day in the refugee settlements in Northern Uganda. At peak times in the beginning of 2017, the reception centers saw between 3,000 and 6,000 new arrivals per day.
The LWF receives refugees at Elegu collection center at the border with South Sudan, where it has built temporary shelters to accommodate new arrivals awaiting registration and transportation. LWF maintains water and hygiene at the collection center and provides soap and sanitary materials to all households and to women, and dignity kits for women and girls. Special attention is given to people with special needs including unaccompanied minors, separated children, people with disabilities and victims of sexual and gender based violence.
While UNHCR transports most of the refugees at the Uganda - South Sudan border, some trek to the transit routes and collection centres. Hungry and tired, needy South Sudanese refugees are received, screened and given hot meals by LWF, in partnership with other humanitarian organisations.
Refugees are received in the camps of Adjumani and Palorinya. LWF provides core relief items, such as blankets, basins, plastic sheets, clothes, sanitary pads and soap to the refugees as they wait to be given a designated land plots by the Ugandan Office of the Prime minister. In Palorinya settlement, LWF provides water and sanitation services, protection, construction/ shelter and community services to the refugees.
Refugees from DR Congo
On 20 May 2015, LWF Uganda began scaling up efforts to support an influx of refugees fleeing violence in the DR Congo by providing hot meals, building temporary shelters, setting up a short-term health post and putting plans in place to protect children and women from sexual violence. LWF is assisting the 160,000 Congolese refugees in Rwamwanja refugee camp in Eastern Uganda with livelihoods, peace-building and protection services. A special focus lies on preventing and supporting the survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, people living with HIV and people living with disabilities.
What we’re doing in Uganda
Recovering from a history of civil war, dictatorship, and human rights abuses, Uganda is working to transition from conflict and instability to a new season of peace and prosperity.
In the last ten years Uganda has experienced annual economic growth of 7-8% percent. However, the country remains one of the poorest in the world with almost a quarter of its population at the national poverty line.
Uganda is prone to droughts, epidemics, famine, floods, and insecurity. In addition, HIV rates in Uganda have started to climb following significant successes in controlling the spread of the infection.
The LWF works through a variety of programs to help Ugandans – both young and old – achieve their rights and develop sustainably. We help local grassroots and district structures to organize and manage areas such as livelihoods, water and sanitation, health, and environmental management.
We assist families to engage in meaningful income-generating activities. As a result, many have bought assets such as bicycles, built houses, and taken their children to school. In addition, children achieve their right to education and to attend school – a fulfillment of the district, national, and millennium development goal.
We support agricultural production through farmer field schools, and have seen the increase in production of crops such as groundnuts, beans, and soya.