REFUGEE AND MIGRATION MEDIA NETWORK (Refugee Online News-RON)
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You are welcome to read the Stories of Resilience and Hope around COVID-19.
A series that touches on the resilience and strength that communities and individuals portrayed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This series is brought to you by Journalists based in Kenya and Uganda – implemented by Aga Khan University – Graduate School of Media and Communications.
This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union
In the first edition, Ruth Atim highlights stories of Ugandan teachers who made a living out of a tough situation with one teacher shifting to profitable baking while the other teacher dipped her foot to juggle between baking and teaching.
And from Kenya, Asmahan Mohammed documented how Online Streaming Services (OSS) flourished during the pandemic. Asmahan reports, that in East African countries, Kenyan middle-income earners suffered greatly after thousands lost their jobs. A negative impact that turned a teacher Peter to establish and now become one of the most sought-after OSS companies in Nairobi.
Moving Life Forward and Sustainability of Youth Refugees in Uganda.
Rarely consulted, frequently overlooked, and often unable to fully participate in decision making, the talents, energy, and potential of Refugee Youth remain largely untapped this must change. Refugee Youth want the same things young people everywhere want: to be consulted, to be listened to, to contribute, to engage and to be part of solutions. The importance of processes targeting and led by young people should not be underestimated. More and more, communities and organizations are recognising that involving youth is an essential part of shaping lasting peace and prosperity.
Floods Leave Trails of Destruction in Elegu
Floods have displaced more than 700 people, killed eight others and left over 2,000 acres of crops destroyed in Loriko East Elegu Town Council in Amuru district that borders Uganda and South Sudan. This catastrophe hit after River Unyama, a tributary to River Aswa, burst its banks and submerged Elegu area following heavy rains that have been pounding Acholi sub-region since July this year. Michael Otong, the Loriko East Village LC1 Chairperson, reveals that of the 9 people killed in the floods, 6 died berween August and September, one in October and another in November. Among the deceased according to Otong, are James Otici aged 18 and James Taku aged 15, who was a pupil in Palorinya Refugee Settlement Primary School, and parts of his body were discovered floating on water on the evening of 2nd November 2020. It is believed some of Taku’s body parts were eaten by crocodiles and hippopotamus in the water.
Moving Life Forward and Sustainability of Youth Refugees in Uganda
Pilgrim Center for Reconciliation Uganda Forum in Conjunction with the Netherlands embassy Uganda shall hold the first ever international youth refugee peace and reconciliation Forum in Kampala. The Country director Pilgrim Center for Reconciliation Uganda https://pilgrimcenterug.org/ Fred Bob Mayonza revealed to Refugee and Migration Media Network (Refugee Online Nws) that the very first reconciliation Forum shall attract 100 representatives of urban refugees from over 15 countries. The forum shall be held at Seguku Worship Center, along Entebbe road on 7th December 2020. According to Mayonza, the theme of the of the Forum; ‘moving life forward and sustainability of youth refugees in Uganda is aimed at addressing current challenges and pave way for advancement of refugee youth by equipping them with practical approaches for empowerment to fight discrimination and exclusion in various spheres of life sating the conference will also introduce hope ,restoration of relationship and renewing of individuals this revitalization of their communities and nations at large
WHO Covid-19 ApartTogether Study for Refugees and Migrants.
Hello there! If you are a Refugee or Migrant join the WHO ApartTogether global study and help us better understand the psychosocial impact of #COVID19 and how you deal with any challenges that have arisen since the pandemic started.
You can find the survey here: https://www.aparttogetherstudy.org/survey.html?
Je voudrais saisir cette occasion pour vous informer sur le sondage en ligne ApartTogether. En collaboration avec l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé, un consortium d’ universités européennes étudie l’ impact de COVID-19 sur les réfugiés et les immigrants dans le monde entier. Le sondage est disponible dans 37 langues. Merci bien de remplir le questionnaire ainsi que de partager et encourager à participer au sondage.
“In the coming months, the Uganda Refugee and Migration Media Network (Refugee Online News) will be bringing you special coverage on Covid-19 and its impact on vulnerable groups like refugees and slum dwellers across the country. We shall also shine the spotlight on domestic violence and how local governments are coping. Our seasoned journalists Ruth Atim, Alex Pithua, Willy Chowoo, Hassan Hadiah, Moses Mbulula, Judith Atim, and Gloria Laker will be at the frontline of this interesting coverage. Support us by following and sharing our work.”
‘Stay safe by collaborating remotely’
Efforts to save the Disappearing Gulu’s Green Belt
Activists from Acholi point out a piece of land covered by wetlands which runs about 3kms through Gulu town starting from Kaunda grounds in Bardege division all the way to Pece Acoyo, Laroo-Pece division. This stretch of land is called the Gulu city green belt but settlers within the town suburb are increasingly encroaching on the green belt using and abusing it for farming, disposal of solid, organic and human wastes while at the same time new buildings are erected on it with little mind paid to the negative impact or concern for the future of the wetlands.
The Living Condition and Feeding of young Migrants and Refugee children in Uganda and Sebian.
‘How Covid-19 is Exacerbating the plight of Migrants and Refugee children with borders still closed in Uganda and Sebian in Hungary.
In this joint reporting collaboration Ugandan journalist Gloria Laker Aciro and her Hungarian-based counterpart Casba Lukacs examine the fate of Refugees, Migrants and their children today in Serbian border point in Hungary and previously on arrival at Elegu border point in Uganda, What is next after the two border points have turned into hot-beds for Corona virus?
Mental Health Helplines to Curb Covid-19 Induced Violence in Acholi
In response to the increasing cases of violence emanating from covid-19 lockdown, Humanity for All Foundation Uganda (HAF-Uganda) has launched the Mental Health and Psycho-Support (MHPSS) helplines to combat the impact of covid-19 lockdown on mental health and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) issues among communities in Acholi sub-region.
Uganda's Urban Refugees Struggle with Covid 19 Restrictions
“When access to food is easy to those in settlement camps or upon presentations of National Identification (ID) card, the vulnerable suffer when disaster strikes” Gloria Laker Aciro Adiiki reports that more than 2,000 South Sudan Refugees who have settled in Gulu City as urban refugees are straggling to eat because they are unable to access their monthly food ratio due to the transport restrictions, high cost and limited space per place.
Corvid and how it’s Impacting Slum dwellers.
While the virus is a threat to all socio-economic groups, the poor and vulnerable segments of society, those living in urban slums are at risk of being disproportionately affected.
Covid and Women's Mental Health
Everyone at some point in time got worried of getting sick or even having a loved one get sick, losing a job, getting laid off, schooling kids online at home, loneliness, despair, and lack of control over when Covid-19 will end.
Skills of refugees
Photo by kampala refugees
There are more than 1.4 million refugees from seven African countries in Uganda. All of them face numerous challenges: lack of accommodation or food, language barriers and cultural shock as well as limited access to health care and work...
Tapping the Economic Potential of Refugees for Improved Livelihoods
Photo by kampala refugees
In the densely populated section of Walukuba, Jinja municipality, is a striking row of makeshift carpentry workshops...
Mitigation approaches to save Uganda’s Environment
Millions of refugees continue to flee from their countries because of wars, climate change, hunger and political persecutions. UNHCR’s2018 report put Global refugee population at 25.9 million by ...
Double food Ratio for Refugees in Uganda
Double Food Ratio to prevent COVID-19 World Food Program has given food to thousands of refugees at Boroli Adjumani 4 May and June 2020 Photo By Napoleon Emma
Learning on Radio in Uganda’s Locked Education
With no sign in sight as to when Ugandan schools will re-open after the government closed it in March 2020, several innovations are being put in place to ensure that learners study remotely.Private education institutions, churches and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are adapting the initiative by the ministry of education to have children taught remotely. Indeed, several teachers, parents and authorities are responding positively to the call of tackling the crisis by making sure children learn from home to prevent spread of the corona virus
Uganda at Risk of Covid-19 Economic Collapse, Economist Warns
Atiko Walter is the Executive Director of Acholi Economic Forum (AEF). He is an Economist based in the United Kingdom who is well-versed with Uganda’s economic situation. He spoke to Gloria Laker Acio Adiiki on Uganda’s economic situation, the potentially catastrophic implications of Covid-19 and proposals on how to mitigate them.
How Agriculture is Mitigating the Economic Impact of Covid-19 in Acholi
While as the COVID-19 pandemic is a primarily health scourge, its economic implications have hit countries more severely than any other natural, economic, political or financial catastrophe in the contemporary past. Developing nations have been particularly hit hard given their pre-existing economic vulnerabilities such as the predominance of the informal sector, absence of social security schemes.
Domestic Violence Tearing Families Apart in Uganda as Covid-19 Lockdown Bites
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, women and girls are getting more vulnerable to domestic violence than ever. This is evident in the unprecedented rise in the cases of domestic violence globally.
Ensuring Online Safety for Children During Covid-19
Corona Virus, also known as covid-19, has changed the various dynamics of life. It has put on hold many activities, companies are downsizing, businesses and airports shutting down, places of worship and institutions of learning, among others, are also closing. Ugandan Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered the closure of schools on 20th March 20, 2020.
Tale of a Stigmatized Truck driver
Due to the nature of their work, long-distance truck drivers are known to be at a higher risk of acquiring and spreading infectious diseases and now considered to be contributing to the spread of COVID-19 along trucking routes. Because of this, many of them have been ridiculed and shunned.
Coronavirus: Hygiene and Social-Distancing Elude Ugandan Slums
There is no respect for social distancing policy. People have started crowding in malwa joints and sharing the same drinking pot. They only observe the guidelines when we are near but once we leave their sight, they re-group,” laments Andrew Nyeko, the local council chairperson of Pece Vanguard.
Celebrating World Refugee Day
“As we celebrate World Refugee Day, our hearts are with all vulnerable groups in Uganda including Refugees affected by the Novel Covid-19. We will continue to voice the plight of Refugees in Uganda in our effort to cover their journey, success, achievements and contribution to Uganda’s economy while bringing out Uganda’s good hospitality towards refugees.We encourage everyone to adhere to social distancing and keeping safe as we continue to highlight refugee situations in an efficient way.Please connect with us, share our work and together we can improve coverage of refugees in Uganda”.
World Refugee Day 20th June 2020
COVID-19 Impact and Fire Wood Demand
Destructive biomass demand
As is the case in many African countries, many people in Uganda rely on traditional biomass for energy purposes. Too many people do not have access to the national power grid.
Two daily meals of porridge
Uganda’s poor are struggling with the Covid-19 lockdown. The government has begun to distribute food to vulnerable people.
Environment and refugee
we work hard to promote peace and bring about change for everyone.
Journalism mentoring of a South Sudanese refugee journalist also a young mother on reporting refugee issues using peace journalism tools.
HEAR OUR VOICE
Our team has held several conferences and these are meant to help overcome the challenges of refugees and migration. Through these talk shows, several lives have been touched.
Youth Media Training
The training sessions have Equipped the youth with the right tools to help them carry out professional journalism.