Refugee Crisis in Uganda

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Millions of people are forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution around the world. Today, 20th June, is the day earmarked to to recognise the need for countries to realise the need to seek safety as, some are still rigid about letting in refugees.

This day, this time around comes at a time when Uganda, that has been very accommodating to refugees from its neighbouring countries such as; Rwanda, DRC, Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Burundi has yet another refugee crisis as refugees trickle in from Eastern DRC as the ADF take over Bunagana.

There are approximately 1.5 million refugees living in Uganda, many of them have access to education and jobs unlike in other host countries where their rights are very limited. The country hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa and the third largest in the world. This has come with a lot of challenges to the environment for example. The influx of refugees has also put a strain on service delivery as the host communities and refugees have to share what is available.