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Refugee week – refugees in Uganda

‘Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees.’

Refugee Week website

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What is special about how refugees are treated in Uganda?

Uganda is a country in East Africa. It has become well known for its open policy to refugees and has the largest number of refugees in Africa. Watch this video to find out more.

Questions to answer:

  • How many refugees are there in Uganda?
  • Which countries have most of these refugees come from?
  • Why have they left their homes?
  • Why have they migrated (moved) to Uganda?
  • How do they survive in Uganda?
  • What problems do they face?
  • What evidence is there of local people welcoming the refugees?
  • What evidence is there of local people not welcoming the refugees?
  • What is special about how refugees are treated in Uganda?

 

Can Bidibidi refugee camp be transformed into a permanent city?

Bidibidi in North Uganda is the second largest refugee camp in the world.  It was created by the Ugandan government in 2016 to provide a home for refugees fleeing conflict in South Sudan. Land was cleared and a basic road network was built.

Explore the information about Bidibidi here.

Questions to answer:

  • What is the housing like in Bidibidi?
  • What facilities are available for the refugees to use?
  • What jobs do refugees in Bidibidi do?
  • How is Bidibidi different from refugee camps in other parts of the world?
  • How are refugees working to improve Bidibidi?
  • How are aid organisations (humanitarian organisations) working to improve Bidibidi?
  • Can Bidibidi refugee camp be transformed into a permanent city?

 

What challenges and opportunities do refugees in Bidibidi face?

Read this account of Jemma’s journey to Bidibidi and what her life there is like.

Questions to answer:

  • Why did Jemma leave South Sudan?
  • What problems did she face on her journey to Bidibidi?
  • Why isn’t Jemma with her parents?
  • How has Plan International helped Jemma?
  • What challenges and opportunities do refugees in Bidibidi face?

CHALLENGE TASK: What are the benefits and limitations of Uganda’s refugee policy?

For a more challenging task, read the following articles about Uganda’s refugee policy and summarise the benefits and limitations of the way Uganda is handling this situation:

What could be done to improve life for refugees in Uganda? Whose responsibility is it to fund these improvements?

 

CHALLENGE TASK: What are the most significant threats to the success of Uganda’s refugee policy?

From corruption to plagues of locusts and COVID-19, there are many factors threatening the success of Uganda’s refugee policy. Read the following articles and decide which threats you think are most significant and why:

 

Further information

Further information about Refugee Week.

Further information about Uganda’s refugee policy.

Web investigation produced by Catherine Owen on behalf of the GA International Special Interest Group

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