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The UNHCR reports that between the 6th and 9th of February 2018, some 11,833 new refugees from the Democratic of the Congo (DRC) entered Uganda. With attacks on civilians, killings, and the destruction of private property, people are fleeing their homes to escape the disturbing rise in violence. Men, women, and children are crowding into boats to make the hazardous border crossing.
Aboard an overloaded canoe, the journey across Lake Albert can take up to 10 hours, while speed boats can make the crossing in four hours. There have been several incidents of boats going...
Photo: ©UNHCR/Razak Katabazi
The UNHCR reports that between the 17th and 19th of January 2018, some 1,161 new refugee arrivals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) crossed to Uganda via Kisoro (873), Kanungu (234), and Lake Albert (54), bringing the total number of new arrivals to 10,666 since December 18, 2017.
According to refugees arriving at Nyakabande transit centre, Kisoro district, attacks against civilians by Mai-‐Mai militia and other armed opposition groups continue unabated in North Kivu, including arbitrary killings, rape, abductions and looting.
The full report can be read by clicking the images below.
Given this week’s sharp rise in the number of new Congolese arrivals in Uganda, the UNHCR has decided to re-institute the inter-agency update on the DRC refugee situation.
Since 18 December, over 2,650 new refugee arrivals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have crossed to Uganda, four times the average daily arrival recorded between January and November 2017. The vast majority (2,300) entered Uganda crossing Lake Albert aboard rickety fishing boats, with others (350) coming in through more commonly used border points in Kisoro, Kanungu and Bundibugyo districts. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM...
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In a media release, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa has indicated that undernutrition is still very prevalent in areas of Africa, and the numbers of stunted children is growing.
Read a small excerpt below.
“According to the WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti,“The numbers and trends highlighted in the report show that we need to work harder to avoid the long-term consequences of malnutrition and poor health on our children’s future prosperity, including the increased risk of dietrelated noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.” She added that...
The Real Medicine Foundation Uganda team just received a large donation of medicine from Direct Relief. As the Healthcare Implementing Partner for UNHCR at Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, this donation will support our initiative tremendously. Thank you, Direct Relief!
Direct Relief posted an article on their website highlighting the donation. The article as a whole is available by clicking the article images below. Read a small excerpt here.
“Last Thursday, a shipment of essential medicines and supplies arrived at the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda, where more than 285,000 people are living after fleeing from neighboring countries...
“On 17 October 2017, the Ugandan Ministry of Health notified WHO of a confirmed outbreak of Marburg virus disease in Kween District, Eastern Uganda. The Ministry for Health officially declared the outbreak on 19 October 2017. As of 24 October, five cases have been reported – one confirmed case, one probable case with an epidemiological link to the confirmed case, and three suspected cases including two health workers.”
The virus, which is spread through bodily fluids, is highly contagious. The World Health...
“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.”
Refugees and asylum demographics
Real Medicine Foundation has been serving Ugandans, Ugandan IDPs and refugees from other African nations since April 26th, 2008, when the RMF team first arrived from the...
USA Today wrote a piece featuring the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Uganda. The writer, Julian Hattam, interviewed RMF Uganda Country Director Naku Charles Lwanga about his thoughts concerning the refugees assimilating into the Ugandan communities.
“They have been integrated within the community,” said Naku Charles Lwanga, the Uganda country director for the Real Medicine Foundation, which operates in Bidi Bidi. “Sometimes it is very difficult to identify who’s a refugee and who is a Ugandan. If the policy remains friendly the way it is, the refugees after maybe 10 years [or] 20 years, they’re just totally integrated."
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Public Radio International wrote a piece featuring the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Uganda as part of their Seeking Security: Human Stories from a World in Conflict series. The writer, Julian Hattam, interviewed RMF Uganda Country Director Naku Charles Lwanga about his thoughts concerning the refugees assimilating into the Ugandan communities.
“They have been integrated within the community,” said Naku Charles Lwanga, the Uganda country director for the Real Medicine Foundation, which operates in Bidi Bidi. “Sometimes it is very difficult to identify who’s a refugee and who is a Ugandan. If the policy remains friendly...
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BY JACOB WIRTSCHAFTER
The Jewish Journal recently highlighted the largest refugee settlement in the world; Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. They mentioned that Real Medicine Foundation is one of the organizations that have responded to the needs of those fleeing their homes.
“Jewish aid groups are part of a worldwide response to deal with a humanitarian crisis that rivals others that have gained more attention through political conflict and media coverage. The groups include the Los Angeles-based Real Medicine Foundation and the American Refugee Committee of Minneapolis, as well as the Uganda-based World Action Fund and global operators like...