How to Help Urban Refugees: Teach Them English, Soccer, and Facebook

As many as 100,000 displaced people battle poverty in Kampala, Uganda.
Nov 13, 2014·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

Seeking financial independence and a place to call home, many of the world's refugees are leaving remote camps and heading to big cities. More than half of the 16.7 million refugees worldwide now live in urban areas.

Many of those in Uganda's capital city, Kampala, live in poverty. Those from French-speaking Democratic Republic of the Congo are often unable to communicate or find work among English-speaking Ugandans. They also face discrimination and isolation, all the while living in fear of possible arrest or deportation. Forced to keep a low profile, they are out of reach of typical humanitarian aid.

TakePart World producer Alex Stapleton meets with Robert Hakiza, the cofounder of Young African Refugees for Integral Development. A refugee from the war and ongoing violence in DRC that has killed 5 million people since 1996, Hakiza and two friends developed a program to equip refugees with basic skills essential to thriving in Ugandan society. Along with language classes, YARID breaks down cultural barriers by offering social media courses and athletic programs.

To learn more about how you can support YARID's work with refugees in Uganda, click here.

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