ISSN 1710-6931 October 20, 2006 Issue 84

Worldwide Walk To Support Children In Uganda

It is GuluWalk Day on Saturday, Oct 21, 2006. Everyone is welcome to join.

GuluWalk is a one-day worldwide event focused on raising awareness, support and push for peace for the children of northern Uganda in the midst of a severe crisis. Every night in northern Uganda, children between three and 17 years, walk up to 10 kilometres (km) (about 6.2 miles (mi)) from villages to reach larger towns, especially to Gulu (the commercial and administrative centre of Gulu District). Worldwide Walk

Going Home - the Repatriation of Liberian Refugees

Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana is emptying, slowly. The election in November 2005 of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as president of Liberia has brought stability to a country that suffered years of conflict and devastation. Now the Liberian refugees may return.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is running a voluntary repatriation program, organizing transport back to Liberia for all refugees wanting to go home. Since 2004 around 73,000 Liberians have returned from the surrounding countries, almost 4,000 of those from Ghana. But with 45,000 Liberians living in the Buduburam settlement, there is still much work to be done.

Mairi McConnochie is a RESPECT International and UNHCR volunteer who spent time working in the Buduburam settlement. As well as running HIV/AIDS workshops, she helped organize the paperwork and transport for the returning refugees. "I always dealt with those eager to return. Most were keen, some anxious. However, there were a lot of people not signing up to return," she says. Going Home


RESPECT Exchange Programme Benefits All Participants

"I want to broaden my horizons, to get to know new people and meet new people. The differences don't bother me, because we're all human…"

This is the opinion of Audrey-Anne, one of a number of French children taking part in a letter exchange with refugees in Benin. This project was organised by several parents in the Group of Refugee Student Parents (GPER) organisation in Benin, and I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Lumbu, the coordinator, and ask him several questions about the exchange program. Exchange Programme


Repatriation poster

One of the repatriation posters displayed in the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana.

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