Posts tagged refugees in Uganda
A Doctor's Side of the Story

Where to begin?

That was my thought as we arrived at the remote Rhino camp area of Northern Uganda in February of last year.  I was traveling with GRI Medical Director Matt Nowland, and GRI in-country staff Bonny and Joshua.  There had been a huge influx of South Sudanese refugees into Uganda in recent days.  U.N. staff had organized a transit camp near the border, and for as far as the eye could see people sat in small groups, surrounded by their few belongings.  

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S. Sudan: Your support changes lives

Thank you to many of you who have responded to our last email plea. We had people really sacrifice on behalf of the people we serve.  More than $900/mo of the $1500/mo we needed has already been provided! We were able to send these additional funds to our clinic in northern Uganda and therefore we are nearly able to handle all of the waves of refugees from South Sudan. Thank you!

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S. Sudan: Refuge in the Midst of Desperation

Last month at this clinic we treated 7253 people, 90% of whom were South Sudanese refugees fleeing the fighting in South Sudan. Our normal treatment reaches between 3500 to 4000 people. In the month of July there were 1934 positive malaria cases. This area of Uganda is having a horrible year for malaria and many are dying when they don’t have to. 

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Interested Versus Committed

At the beginning of this year, we opened a medical clinic in the Rhino area of Uganda. With only two volunteer doctors from the USA, this critically needed base of help was opened in ten days. Even local medics were able to be trained in that time and Sudanese refugees were diagnosed and treated. The clinic continues to run, successfully serving thousands of precious lives who have fled violent conflicts in their homelands that border Uganda. How amazing to see these on-going demonstrations of commitment – from our donors, the volunteer doctors, and our local staff leaders.

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Why Refugees and Time are Urgent Matters

One of the hardest parts of being a refugee, is that time takes on a different kind of energy. There is a threat to life, whether it be from natural disaster or man-made conflict, that instigates a survival-flight for life response. People literally have to abandon their homes, life as they know it, and run for safety. When they do reach a place of safety, the waiting begins. If you ever struggle with waiting and patience, this is the most excruciating it can be – lives are in the balance. It’s helpful to understand this because it plays a major role in how we work to alleviate the suffering of refugees.

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