June 20th, 2014 by Fran Equiza Posted in Conflict, DR Congo, Displacement, Drought, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Humanitarian assistance, Pan Africa, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda | No Comments »
Digging an access road in Simbili settlement,Rhino camp,Arua. Oxfam is providing short-term employment to both refugees and host communities to help ensure that refugees can earn small amounts of money to meet basic needs. Oxfam’s “cash-for-work” program includes basic construction work like clearing access roads and digging waste pits. As new refugees work alongside host community members, the initiative helps to minimize conflict between the different groups, and improves the infrastructure that they all share. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam
This year like every other year, the world marks yet another UN World Refugee day and yet again we have an increase in statistics on the number of people who would have fled their home countries all around the world either as a result of war or natural disasters. According to the displacement data recently released by UNHCR, by the end of 2013 the total numbers of refugees had gone up by over a million from 15.4 million in 2012 to 16.7 million people worldwide, with Sub-Saharan Africa having about 2.9 million refugees. This increase has been contributed by the recent on-going conflicts the world has witnessed in Syria, with Central Africa Republic and South Sudan contributing to the majority of new displacements. While no one deserves to flee their homes unwillingly, what I have come to appreciate over the years of my interaction with people who have had to leave their homes notwithstanding the very difficult situations is that, they always strive to rise above their circumstances. Whereas they may be referred to as the stateless or refugees, forming statistics of those in need of aid and assistance, most of those whom I have encountered are resilient and refuse to let their circumstances define them.
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