Agwata Residents are Refugees No More

World Refugee Day is today, June 20th.  It is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.  Our Agwata families in northern Uganda were internal refugees for 10 to 15 years of their lives.

Northern Uganda IDP camps

Kitgum IDP camp in 2007. The huts are crowded close together. You had to get permission to cross the road. Alcoholism was rampant.

They were forced by the government to live in crowded conditions in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps with little food until mid-2009 when they were told to resettle their ancestral lands.

We began working with these families in mid-2010 to help them rebuild their lives and their community. Let’s salute their incredible courage and tenacity in undertaking this huge task.

The photos below show Agwata women in 2010 and early 2011 as they began to resettle first from a nearby “satellite” IDP camp, preparing to move back to Agwata and then eventually living in quickly built shelters in Agwata. They received no government help, only some seeds from Lutheran World Federation.

 

IDP camps, northern Uganda, refugees, world refugee day

Agwata women carrying firewood as they begin to re-settle their ancestral village after many years in IDP camps.

And thanks to all of you who have been helping in this process by buying beads, and donating money and supplies! They now have 3 school buildings and 1 clinic among other things.    It’s a long road to go.  Donations  are badly needed for an additional school building and girls’ dormitory plus we need sponsors to fund the Nurse/Midwife at the Agwata clinic.  Please email carol@outreachuganda.org if you can be a sponsor ($25 per month for two years).

Rebuilding lives in northern Uganda

Agwata woman and child in early 2010. The first mud and thatch school building is in the background.

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