URCS Commemorates World Refugees Day in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement.

Thursday, 12 September 2019 13:57
world Refugee Day

It was with excitement, dance and music, that humanitarian actors serving refugees congregated in Bidibidi Settlement in West Nile District of Yumbe, to commemorate the National Event for the World Refugees Day.

Adopted almost 19 years ago by the UN General Assembly, under resolution 55/76, the day serves to honor the courage and determination of those who have been forced to flee their homes as well as highlight the plight of refugees across the globe.

This joyful celebration was a befitting choice for the settlement currently having the biggest refugee population in Uganda. The national commemoration was graced by the Honorable First Deputy Premier of the Republic of Uganda, General Haji Moses Ali, who also serves as Member of Parliament for Adjumani West County in Adjumani. Adjumani district itself hosts over 220,000 refugees from South Sudan. With him were Mr Joël Boutroue the Country Representative for UNHCR, Commissioner Department of Refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister and the leaders of Yumbe District Local Government.
The commemoration kicked off with a colorful march led by a brass band, and went from Alaba Primary School football Pitch to Swinga Trading Centre and back.

During the event, URCS like other agencies involved in Refugees response, hosted an exhibition stall. The public was given the opportunity to view the society’s different program activities like the Household Energy Project, WASH, Psychosocial Support, Community Based First Aid, Family Tracing and others.
One progam of great interest to the public and the guests, was the Household Energy Project display. It featured the JIKO Power; a device that uses energy from charcoal stoves or fire wood to provide light for a bulb and is also able to charge mobile devices. It also boasted the nowlight which is a device that generates power by manually pulling on a strap to produce instant light capable of lighting and charging devices. It also has the wonderbag; an innovative cooking bag that cooks almost all food types without using any other source of energy other than that in the saucepan or container in which food has been packed and placed into.

During the event, the Honorable RDC from Yumbe District handed over three pieces of the Wonderbag Cooking Bags to the Senior Livelihoods Associate UNHCR Mullo Innocent, Settlement Commandant Bidibidi and the Community Development Officer for Yumbe Town Council as ambassadors for environment protection.

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