Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published by Refugee Law Project on Friday, 15 August 2019.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Greetings from Refugee Law Project (RLP). We are pleased to share with you the first paper on the series of RLP’s Briefing Paper titled “Perspectives of Urban Refugee Children on Humanitarian Actions in Kampala”. This briefing paper follows RLP’s participation in the commemoration of the Day of the African Child (June 19) under the theme “Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First” during which we organised two roundtable discussions – one with children and the other with adults caretakers to discuss key issues related to the theme of the day.
The brief shared herein presents key discussions from the children’s groups – the one for caregivers will be shared in the near future. As you will notice from the document, our discussion with urban refugee children in regard to their rights highlights the greater need for multi-sectorial collaborations for comprehensive and inclusive service provision. Key to some of the issues are the need to create safer spaces for children to periodically interact, the need to support adult caregivers to effectively protect their children and advance the protection of children’s rights, and the need to work closely with leaderships of schools to address discrimination against refugee children.
As noted above, we shall publish periodic briefing notes on key issues of concern regarding refugee and host protection and refugee-host relations. For now, enjoy the read and do relay your comments, questions and feedback on the document and our work in general. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.refugeelawproject.org.