UGANDA UNITES FOR REFUGEE SOLIDARITY

From 22 and 23 June, 2017, Uganda hosted the Solidarity Summit on refugees to discuss acute challenges the country is experiencing while managing the refugee crisis from her neighbors. The meeting was attended by H.E President Yoweri Museveni, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and other high level dignitaries.

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On the 22nd of June, State minister for Internal Affairs Hon. Obiga Kania, State Minister for Karamoja Hon. Moses Kizige, Amb. Muhammed Abdi Affey and high level dignitaries from Austria, Australia, UAE, Somalia, FAO, OECD and Cyan Food Intl visited Nakivale Settlement camp to experience a snippet of the lives of the refugees.

During the visit, the delegation inspected the WFP operative site where the food is distributed to the refugees, visited Nakivale Secondary School which enrolls both host and refugee community students and concluded by taking part an exhibition by refugee youth at the Nakivale Vocational Training Centre. It’s at this exhibition that the youth showcased some of the skills they have acquired like mechanics, food and nutrition plus arts and crafts.

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Some of the crafts at the exhibition. 

 

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Arts and crafts made by refugees at Nakivale Vocational Training Centre

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“We are impressed by the way the refugees and the host community are living har-moniously. One cannot tell the difference and that makes this camp special for its hospitality,” said Hon. Obiga Kania.

The summit also collected $350 million during the fundraiser at the meeting in Munyonyo. This will go to current refugee plight in Uganda which is recorded as the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.

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