A “permanent solution” to deforestation in refugee-hosting districts is on the horizon

This is a primary school in Bidibidi refugee settlement of South Sudanese people. Majority of such social amenities were established in areas that hardly were occupied by humans, few years ago during influx of refugees and asylum seekers from South Sudan, fleeing the country’s war. Picture by Ochan Hannington | 23 Feb 2019

Arguably Uganda’s vegetation cover is drastically disappearing at an alarming rate, a result of drastic increase of combined population of refugees and host communities. Families of both communities depend entirely on wood for fuel as well as other domestic uses, striping woodlands of their natural vegetation. But a Danish Socio-economic enterprise, PESITHO, alongside Caritas Denmark introduced a-solar-powered stove they claim will provide a permanent solution to the widespread deforestation taking place, especially in the districts that host refugees. The stove replaces much-needed firewood, for cooking. It provides extra domestic advantages, too. Kevin Vusia is in Bidibidi, the world’s second largest refugee settlement, with 285,000 refugees, in Yumbe district and sent us this report.