Undoubtedly, religious leaders in Uganda and elsewhere find themselves having to support vulnerable people including those persecuted on the basis of their religious believes or backgrounds. Not peculiar to Uganda, religious leaders have not shown fatigue in supporting refugees and other vulnerable people who have and continue to grapple with legacies of unaddressed injuries acquired prior to flight, during flight, and upon arrival in supposed to be safe haven. As such religious leaders remain important actors in providing spiritual, moral, medical, psychological, and material support to hundreds if not thousands of asylum seekers and refugees seeking sanctuary in Uganda.
People can become highly traumatized when they have to flee their country due to war or conflict, thereby often witnessing severe atrocities. Adequate Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) is essential to contribute to the full recovery and improvement of the lives of refugees, including that of family members and the community. However, psychosocial support is often delivered in a fragmented way in humanitarian crises and sometimes only provided after 3 months.
As a nation steering towards a middle-income economy, and with emphasis on embracing Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) in its development, it is high time we heightened our emphasis, practices, and advocacy on rigour and basic curiosity on issues of interest to us – the Internet and consultation with colleagues and friends, including access to written resources is a major entry point.
Download PDF Version After a traumatic experience with two dentists who had conflicting recommendations for a procedure I’m supposed to undergo – for which I’m yet to seek a third opinion, I decided to reflect on the week in style. It was a Saturday evening after a small get together with colleagues in the Gender
This year 2018, under the theme 'Putting People First', the UNHCR Consultation with NGOs took place from 27 - 29 June 2018 at the International Conference Centre Geneva (ICCG). Indeed honoured to have been invited, and to have represented Refugee Law Project in this very important international event.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Refugee Law Project on Saturday 16 June 2018 at 22:47hrs. For those who missed the statement that RLP published on the Day of the African Child, I urge you to find time to read and reflect on this statement which can be accessed via the link; https://refugeelawproject.org/files/events_and_press_releases/Day_of_the_African_Child_2018.pdf As
Editor’s Note: This message was originally published by Refugee Law Project on Friday, May 18, 2018. As a staff of Refugee Law Project, I’m delighted to share with you another outstanding production from young Refugee Film-makers, this time from Kiryandongo refugee settlement, Kiryandongo district. Located some 240km from Kampala on the main north-south highway, Kiryandongo is a
Editor’s Note: This message was originally published by Refugee Law Project on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 8:52hrs. In an age of supposed globalization, access to platforms intending to promote social change is often denied to the very activists who are driving such change. Generally it is activists and academics from the global south who
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