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Title:Refugee aid and development: the case of Kiryandongo refugee camp in Uganda
Author:Tamale, SylviaISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
refugee assistance
international law
public law
economic development
human rights
Kiryandongo Refugee Camp (Uganda)
Abstract:The UNHCR has of late recognized the importance of linking 'durable solutions' to the global refugee problem, such as voluntary repatriation or local integration, to development. At Kiryandongo refugee camp, a settlement established in May 1990 in the northwestern part of Uganda, in the district of Masindi, and housing some 8,000 mainly Sudanese refugees who fled from the ongoing civil war in southern Sudan, the UNHCR in conjunction with the Uganda government has embarked on a serious Refugee Aid and Development Programme in an effort to help refugees sustain themselves economically and sever their dependence on ration cards. A number of projects have been launched, including the construction of a primary school and a permanent dispensary. As part of the programme, UNHCR is also encouraging income-generating activities among the refugees. While the Refugee Aid and Development Programme is being implemented quite successfully, the municipal legal regime concerning refugees leaves a lot to be desired. The basic law governing refugees in Uganda, the Control of Alien Refugees Act, Ch. 64 (1964) (Laws of Uganda), is extremely hostile, and there is an urgent need for a more solid legal framework that buttresses the rights of refugees in order to make them feel fully at home. Notes, ref.