Safe refuge

humedica supports refugees in Uganda

by Ruth Bücker,  2012/06/27

Almost half a million - this is the alarming number of people who fled their home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2011. They fled deterring violence and brutal conflicts in order to save their own lives and those of their families. The place where the refugees hope to find protection and a better future is their neighbouring country Uganda.

humedica teams had been active in Uganda already in 2008, when they had offered medical care at a reception camp in the town of Kisoro, which is located close to the border. Violent conflicts between government troops and Tutsi rebels had forced hundred thousands of innocents to flee their homes, deprived them of their basis of existence and resulted in an alarming state of health for many of them.

Together with local staff of the St. Francis Hospital Mutolere, doctors and nursing staff had treated those affected at the tent cities, had distributed relief goods and had given new courage and hope. Since this mission, the hospital has furthermore been provided with drugs, medical equipment and furniture in order to support its operations up to this day.

During the past few weeks, the situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo once more escalated dramatically. According to the refugee relief organisation UNHRC, thousands of Congolese children, women and men have fled to Uganda since the beginning of this year. They walk distances of up to 300 kilometres in constant fear of violence or sexual assaults, before they finally reach the safety of Kisoro.

Also the manager of the Mutolere Hospital, Mr. Pontius Mayunga, who has asked humedica for support in the medical field, confirms that help is urgently needed. The reception camp that was set up in the area of responsibility of the partner hospital and is designed to take in 1,000 persons has even now been sought out by about 6,000 persons. And according to Maynunga, no slowdown of the flow of refugees is in sight.

Quite the contrary: forecasts seem to indicate that ongoing conflicts in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will result in the flow of exiled families to remain constant or even to increase further. Please help the Congolese refugees in Uganda who find themselves in this difficult situation without any fault of their own.

What can we do to help?

Following the deployment of the coordinators Heidi Nicklin and Stefanie Huisgen, several teams consisting of doctors and nursing staff, as well as drugs will be sent to Kisoro, in order to ensure medical treatment for the refugees, just like in 2008.

In addition to this medical treatment, we are planning to distribute relief goods, which will contain objects of daily use such as blankets, cooking gear, mosquito nets or water cans, and in particular also sanitary articles.

We can take these first measures thanks to the support offered by the German Federal Foreign Office, which amounts to a total value of 200,000 euros. But nevertheless, we still depend on your help, as humedica needs to cover ten percent of the provided total sum by itself.

For this reason: please support our relief measures in Uganda and make a targeted donation in order to help the families who have slid into misery without any fault of their own, who are affected by violence and brutality and are forced to flee their homes.

      humedica e. V.
      Donation reference “Refugee Relief Uganda
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren
      SWIFT-Code: BYLA DE M1 KFB
      IBAN: DE35734500000000004747

You can also achieve great results by means of sending a short text message: send the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90 and your mobile bill will be charged with the amount of 5 euros. 4.83 euros of this amount will be directly channelled into the humedica project work. Thank you very much!

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