The COVID-19 lockdown and stay home measures have increased the vulnerability of urban refugees in Koboko district which is hosting more than 23,000 self-settled refugees with 88.8% being of South Sudanese origin. Refugees lack access to reliable information about COVID-19 and suffer from reduced food rations and are at heightened risk of starvation. Given that the travel out of the district is also limited, refugees especially widows and women whose family heads are back in the country are facing it hard feeding their families, and cannot travel to refugee camps to get food either. Yet, that food is what they rely on for survival since they do not have businesses or gardens from which to get food to feed their families during this trying moments.
In series of focused conversations with refugee families, we noted that 2/10 refugees eat one meal a day while 6 of 10 were worried that the food they have might not finish the lock down period. Following the recent presidential directive of another 21 days lockdown, more than 40% refugees are at increasing risk of starvation. The risk here is this could lead to defiance of Coronavirus safety guidelines by Extremely Vulnerable Refugee (EVR) families in search for food to feed their families.
Community Empowerment for Creative Innovation (CECI) seeks to spread out a helping hand to the Extremely Vulnerable Refugee (EVR) Families in Koboko by providing food supplies among other basic needs to help families cope during these tough times. The CECI will provide essential items like flour, beans, soap, salt and cooking oil. CECI’s aim is to feed 130 families that have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Community Empowerment for Creative Innovation will mobilize and sensitize refugee communities about COVID-19 through bicycles with megaphones mounted on with pre-recorded messages, by community mobilizers in all villages of the municipality reaching the hard to reach areas. The CECI team will translate, print and circulate widely IEC materials in local languages spoken by refugee communities.
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