The Context

Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo line up at ​Nyakabande transit centre for registration. [UNHCR / Lucy Beck/2013]

 

Uganda is experiencing the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world; hosting over 1.2 million refugees, and confronting immense pressures as a result.

The unprecedented surge in refugee numbers over the past yearcombined with the protracted stay of refugees spanning decades is straining already overstretched state and host community resources.

Examples include health facilities, schools and security services as well as environmental degradation of refugee-affected areas.

Humanitarian appeals are chronically and severely underfunded further compounding vulnerabilities of refugees.

Refugees and host communities are susceptible to underlying poverty and vulnerabilities exacerbated by limited basic social services, inadequate infrastructure, and limited market opportunities.