Following the deep experience by Uganda’s economy as an after effect of the outbreak of COVID-19, many refugees who had fled conflict in South Sudan, DR Congo and resettled in Uganda had become subject to poverty and vulnerability, leaving them without essential care. By the year 2020, Uganda was one of the largest refugee-hosting countries with over 1.4 million refugees in settlements.
It is against this background that AAIU provided relief items to at least 1500 households of refugees consisting of 1000 children, women, and girls in Kiryandongo and Ivempi refugee settlement areas.
ActionAid International Uganda trained and responded to the situational needs, distributing relief items to the most vulnerable groups (i.e. expectant mothers, teenage girls and children) in the communities in a bid to support them through the tough times. These relief items distributed include Mama kits, Soya flour, Milk, sanitary pads, and others.
18-year-old South Sudanese National, Esther Yobu was one of the beneficiaries of the AAIU issued relief items. With only enough income to afford one meal a day for her family, Yobu could not afford the essentials. She expressed her gratitude for the emergency donation saying, “I am glad to receive these items because everything here is expensive, yet we are not even working.”
ActionAid’s Ivan Mpagi, an officer fromPeople4Change program says that with thousands of refugees in the settlements, the amount of aid the ActionAid International Uganda was able to deliver was not enough compared to the challenges that the refugees are facing and therefore more humanitarian response aid is needed to support the affected populations.
Despite Uganda having one of the highest refugee populations in the world, it has only received little funding necessary to support the refugees in terms of economic livelihood.
ActionAid International Uganda through the YLVO project has a newly established safe space for young refugees especially women and girls in Kiryandondo and Ivempi. Space was created to empower the youth with leadership skills and the step-down training conducted help to create a platform for them to share and expose the injustices happening in the settlements.