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Live Blog: Uganda commemorates World refugee day

Refugees at a celebration at Oruchinga Refugee Settlement. (PHOTO/File)

YUMBE – Uganda and humanitarian agencies have joined the rest of the world in commemoration of the World refugee day under the theme “take a step with refugees, protect the environment”

First deputy Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Gen. Moses Ali has presided over the national celebrations underway Yumbe district.

Rwamwanja refugee settlement, Uganda

Drummers and trombonists led a procession to plant trees at Rwamwanja refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.

The environmental drive seeks to replace forest cover lost in the restless search for firewood.

The event started in Rwamwanja refugee settlement in Uganda with a solidarity march to be followed by tree planting.


In Yumbe

From dance parties to food festivals and urban hikes, millions of people around the world are taking part in events to celebrate World Refugee Day at a time when the number of children, women, and men uprooted by wars and persecution has broken all records.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres paid tribute to the courage and resilience of 70 million forcibly displaced people in a World Refugee Day address.

Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In a display of entrepreneurial flair, Rwandan refugees sell handmade sandals, handbags, and head scarfs at a market in Kinshasa to celebrate World Refugee Day. The DRC hosted more than 536,000 refugees in 2018, while 4.5 million people were also displaced inside the country.

DRC. WRD market place

These refugee women from Rwanda sell their handmade accessories at a market to celebrate World Refugee Day in Kinshasa, DRC.  © UNHCR/Fabien Faivre

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