Refugee Reporting Project

Refugee child headed families not sure of their next meal as covid lockdown is tightened

In Palabek refugee settlement in northern Uganda Mr. Anthony Ocheng Dominic says life is extremely hard.
“One of the biggest challenges being encountered by children in this zone is during food distribution time.  Most children do not have money completely to transport their food ration from the food distribution point to their homes. At times the distance could reach as far as 4 to 5 km which makes it harder to collect their portion,” says Mr Ocheng. 

How Refugee Child Headed families survived during the Covid-19 lockdown

When Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni declared lockdown in the country in March 2020 to prevent the spread of Covid-19, it took many people by surprise.
Vulnerable groups such as refugee child headed families faced the wrath of the lockdown. With no parents or families to cling on to, the children found themselves alone and discovered digging and spending more time in people’s garden as a way to get food.
d to care for the other younger siblings, playing adult or the parenting role. 

Closure of GBV shelters is leaving refugee survivors in pain

Continued fighting in South Sudan forced Ms Aduk not her real name for the sensitivity of the case, 45, together with her family to flee to Uganda in 2016.
They are one of over 10,000 South Sudanese refugees who managed to cross the border and enter Uganda.

Gains made in fighting GBV in Nakivale settlement face setback as shelters remain closed

The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in social and economic lives of families in refugee settlements.  
The lockdown imposed by the Ugandan government to prevent the spread of the virus bundled families together for far too long, enabling Gender Based Violence to thrive.

From War to More suffering; ‘How Urban Refugees grappled with the Lockdown’

As the world struggled with COVID-19 lockdown, many people were caught unaware of what the days ahead would bring. The almost one and a half year pandemic has left millions in misery due to loss of jobs and high cost of living. 
Urban refugees living in the surrounding areas of Kampala bore the brunt of the lockdown as the costs of living continue to increase to date due to high costs of transport and restrictions on public transport. 

Covid-19 Lockdown: ‘When a refugee child Headed family adopts a fellow child headed family

Palabek Refugee Settlement is located in Northern Uganda bordering south Sudan. The largest number of refugees here originate from South Sudan
The settlement established on eight zones, has 67 blocks and its home to over 46,000 refugees including hundreds of child headed families. 

Gulu Urban Refugees Shares Lockdown Ordeals

Some refugees that had started rebuilding their lives when they came to Uganda have relapsed due to continued disruptions cause by the coronavirus disease. 
In the Northern Uganda City of Gulu, urban refugees who found normalcy, healing and peace of mind after fleeing conflict from their home countries have again lost their means of livelihood due to Covid-19 restrictions. 
According to United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, there are about 91,000 refugees living in urban areas in Uganda. Gulu City alone is hosting over 2,000 urban refugees.

Gulu UrbaThe nightmare of raising adolescent girls in a Pandemic; the experience of a refugee mothern Refugees Shares Lockdown Ordeals

She was never sure who among them would get pregnant or decide to get married at a young age or get covid-19 as they moved in and out of home. 
“I remember when government started easing restrictions on lockdown, my children went to a neighbor who was put on home quarantine because one person in that family had tested positive and so my family too had to be placed on mandatory quarantine, and here facing stigma was unbearable.” Ms Sekina said to Refugee and Migration Media News.

Adjumani Child headed families continue to suffer during the covid-19 lockdown.

Drichi Emmanuel in his early 20s and Komaha Beatrice live in a dilapidated grass- thatched house in block one, Boroli Refugee Settlement.
Their mother got married to another man in 2016 before uniting them with their father or any relatives since both of them were born at their mother’s home.
The two children were left in the home of their aging grandmother who could hardly provide for them.  

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