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.
Since June 20 was declared World Refugee Day by the UN General Assembly in 2000 the number of refugees and other forced migrants has escalated dramatically. Uganda is currently hosting 1,257,729 refugees and asylum seekers (figures as of 30 April 2019) – the highest in Africa and equivalent to the population of Mauritius.
Environmental pollution affects our health, our access to clean air and water, and a healthy ecosystem. Our environment is a determinant of our health. While our day-to-day lives may not feel threatened right now, air pollution has a compounding affect that will only grow worse without intervention. Each one of us ought to take actions that reduce on pollution.
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.