Conflict in neighboring South Sudan, toward the end of 2013, brought a wave of refugees escaping to Uganda. The situation in South Sudan further deteriorated in July 2016 that caused a massive influx of refugees to Uganda. Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) began its support for South Sudanese refugees in September 2016, and provides education assistance to refugee and host community children in northern regions.
In addition, 40 years of civil war in Uganda has left the central African country scattered with vast amounts of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). AAR Japan works in cooperation with Uganda Landmine Survivors Association (ULSA) to support the survivors of landmines and UXO.

Activities in Uganda

Emergency Assistance to South Sudanese Refugees

Children enjoyed a sport event organised by AAR Japan

Children enjoyed a sport event organised by AAR Japan

The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda decreased to 25,000 after the independence of South Sudan. However, conflict in the capital city of Juba in December 2013 left many South Sudanese fleeing back to Uganda, bringing the total number of refugees to about 800,000.
In August 2016, AAR Japan began relief activities in Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe District. Currently, AAR Japan implement education assistance for primary and secondary schools in three refugee settlements, Bidibidi refugee settlement, Imvepi refugee settlement (Arua District) and Palorinya (Obongi District). Among others, it supports activities such as construction of school facilities, provision of scholastic materials, conducting teacher trainings and sports events, promoting education for girls and children with disabilities.

Supporting the Livelihood of Landmine/UXO Survivors

Alahai YUSOF (67) in Yumbe District lost his right leg in a landmine accident. AAR Japan provided plastic sheets and products to help him begin a local farmer’s stall

Survivors of landmines and UXO face hardships in maintaining their livelihood as some lose their employment from their physical disability and/or sell their house and land to pay for medical bills.
Since 2010, in Kasese District in western Uganda and Yumbe and Lira District in northern Uganda, areas reported with large number of landmines and UXO accidents, AAR Japan has provided survivors with medical support and livlihoood support.
In 2019, in Nwoya, Amuru, Omoro districts in Northern and Northwest Uganda, AAR Japan will provide supports to 15 survivors to start agri-business for improving their livelihood.

Activity Reports from Uganda

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