For refugees, the Covid 19 pandemic is beyond a health crisis, but escalates challenges faced by those already pushed to the margins of society. Refugees are not only at risk from the virus itself, they are severely affected by the negative impacts of measures to control the pandemic. In our statement, Inactivity is Perpetration we highlight the plight of refugees in Uganda during the pandemic; tribal clashes within the settlements, food ratio reductions, gender-based violence exacerbated by the Covid 19 prevention stay at home guidelines, inadequate information, failure to access medical services, are just some of the challenges faced by refugees that the pandemic has amplified.
In the interest of reaching a large refugee population with diverse languages, these translations are a fulfilment of our mandate; "To be a resource for forced migrants and relevant actors". The 8 languages into which the statement has been translated only encompass a portion of the broad language needs of forced migrants in Uganda, and ignites discussion on the urgent need for refugee-serving agencies to rethink their approaches of sharing written information to their clients.
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.
Hits: 71Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by SOAS Radio on June 16, 2017. Dear Friends and Colleagues, Greetings from SOAS Radio. As you’re possibly aware, June 20 is World Refugee Day. On this day, we honor the courage, determination, and resilience of refugees as they flee from conflicts, violence and persecutions from their homelands. Ahead