In a statement, UNHCR notes that of the nearly 1million refugees fleeing from South Sudan, 85% are women and children. Because of the war, men (often boys) are taken to fight or killed when they refuse. The refugees have little hope of ever returning to South Sudan and continue to report fighting between armed groups, violence and sexual assault, worsening food insecurity and lack of basic services as reasons for fleeing. The Ugandans have provided them with land and UNHCR has provided them with shelter and food. Yet, the majority has little more than a mattress on a dirt floor for their entire family. Some less than that. Most have lived in the camps over a year and reluctantly admit, “Uganda is their home now.”
In this series, I wanted to highlight that 85% of women refugees in their new home, Uganda.