No Looking Back


Refugees from South Sudan arrive at a reception center in Uganda.

Children, women, and men are fleeing war-torn South Sudan with their belongings, livestock and sometimes with nothing. According to the U.N. refugee agency, an average of 2,200 refugees cross into Uganda every day. The country has accepted more than 800,000 refugees from South Sudan since conflict accelerated there in July 2016.

By national law, refugees in Uganda have the right to move about freely, get jobs, and use public clinics and schools. Each family is also given a plot of land on which to build a hut, and a plot on which to grow food crops, to make them self-sufficient as quickly as possible. The system has made Uganda a destination for those fleeing the many conflicts in Africa.

However, international aid is key to the success of Uganda’s welcoming of refugees. In addition to hot food on arrival and long-lasting food kits, World Vision distributes tarpaulins, mosquito nets, and other household goods to refugees in Uganda.

Photo©2017 World Vision, Theodore Sam

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