In 2016, Uganda took in more refugees than any other part of the world, and the numbers continue to grow rapidly, and as of 30th June 2017, there are currently 977, 746 refugees and asylum seekers from South Sudan currently in Uganda, bringing the number to a total of 1.25 million refugees.
The living conditions they are subjected to are deplorable with lack of access to the basic essentials, such as education, food and clean water; limited access to financial capital for survival, health and medical facilities, especially young women in need of maternity care and children exposed to malnutrition, and sanitation related diseases.
Filippo Grandi, the UN’s high commissioner for refugees reported that Uganda is at a breaking point with the surging number of refugees fleeing war struck South Sudan. This influx implies tremendous pressure on the host communities and the Ugandan economy. In addition to that, the available aid and relief does not match the needs nor scale of the crisis.