On 20th November 2018, we were so much privileged to have the support of African Youth Action Network, friends and friends of friends who stood with us to make the cloth donation to refugees in Kiryandongo Settlement a success. There were refugee leaders who greatly appreciated the kind gesture from whoever contributed.

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At certain times, cruelty takes the core, places have gone through harsh situations, Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and elsewhere in the world. We’ve seen it first hand in the broken limbs, families, people and traumatic experiences people have had to go through. We have all seen what humankind is capable of at its worst. But we have also seen something stronger than hate, we’ve seen bravery, kindness and incredible acts of love and this is exactly why we reached out to the refugees to celebrate through people’s giving.

Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement

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There is something more that we can do than just simply helping refugees survive when we can make them thrive. Let us think of refugee camps and communities as more than just temporary populations where they languish waiting for wars to end rather as centres of excellence where they triumph over their trauma and train them for the day they can go back to their homes as agents of positive change and social transformation. These victims of war hold the keys to lasting peace and are the right people to end the cycle of violence.

Let us unite and work towards the desired change we all want to live in.

Photo Credit: Dipak Moses

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