Uganda is receiving a big number of refugees due to the conflicts in the South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Burundi and other countries. The rebellion by the forces loyal to Riek Machar former Vice President against Salvar Kiir South Sudan president initially started in December 2013 and this has resulted in more refugees crossing over the border into Uganda since Dec 2013. The situation in kivu region of Eastern Drc and South Sudan remain unstable to date with none of the warring sides gaining an upper hand over the other. With this uncertainty, there is a lot of movement between Eastern Drc and Southern Sudan into Uganda for those who are looking for peace and security. According to information available from refugee partner organizations like UNHCR, there are limited prospects or chances of refugees returning to their respective countries very soon.
The total number of refugees in Uganda is already more than 1,064043 and it is continuing to grow on and on
The host communities in Uganda and Kiryandongo districts in particular are receptive to wards refugees, though sometimes competition for resources like food, water and medical services place a strain on their hospitality. Refugees living in the settlement and outside have integrated into the local population and have established small business and are accessing public services like education schools, education in schools, medical care in hospitals etc. However, there are still limited livelihood opportunities making it difficult to attain self sustainability.
The skills improvement/ development project in the settlement intends to compliment existing efforts being made by the Government of Uganda, UNHCR and partners to provide the needed life skills for refugees and the host communities in the areas which are not covered or not effectively covered because of a number of reasons including funding constraints.