Oliver a Congolese refugee was married for 17 years. Hers was not a rosy marriage as within a few years, she had seven children and suffering physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her husband. As is the case with many survivors of Gender Based Violence, Oliver feared to report her partner of many years and suffered several beatings in silence which at times left her hospitalized but with few options upon discharge and without a livelihood, she returned to her marital home and continued abuse.

Kabazana Reception Centre is the first point of contact for new asylum seekers in Nakivale Refugee Settlement. The centre that is managed by HIJRA continues to receive new arrivals daily from different countries from the East and Horn of Africa with different vulnerabilities and needs. Among the needs include; clothes, sanitary materials, soap, beddings, scholastic and play materials for children like toys and balls among others.  The needs are expressed by the Persons of Concern (new arrivals, Asylum seekers, and Refugees) at the Reception Centre during routine individual interviews, Focused Group Discussion (FGD), Meetings and Awareness Sessions conducted by HIJRA teams at the Centre. Most often, needs are provided by UNHCR, HIJRA other implementing partners as well as well-wishers but these are limited. During engagements with various refugee communities in the settlement, HIJRA inspires refugees who are coping well to extend a helping hand to new asylum seekers and vulnerable ones given the limited resources to meet all Persons of concern needs

The Executive Director, for Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) took a two weeks visit to Uganda from 16th – 30th July 2018 to monitor Programs in Uganda. The Director who was accompanied by the Operations Manager, Mr.  Jimmy Barasa and Mr. Farah Shariff met all HIJRA staff and volunteers in Nakivale, Kyangwali and Oruchinga Refugee Settlements. These further visited the Matanda Transit Center in Kanunugu and Kabazana Reception Center in Nakivale that are managed by HIJRA and receive asylum seekers to support them go through the asylum process, settle  and cope after being granted asylum in Uganda

Being in prison can be challenging for not only the inmate but their family as well.  For some imprisonment earns them a label “outcast” and even after release in some cases, re-establishing one’s true identity in society without being judged is a struggle. Besides, while in prison, their socio-economic status takes a blow as many are unwilling to employ former prisoners, making their lives more miserable.

Ruzabahika Nafutari, who fled the genocide in 1994 found himself separated from his family and without a home. His search for his wife and children were fruitless and having arrived in Uganda settled in Oruchinga Refugee Settlement. His continued search for his family remained in vain. However, while in Oruchinga, Nafutari was attacked by unknown people and fearing for his life fled to Tanzania.

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