Can ‘Peace clubs’ solve conflicts in settlements of refugees?

A participant of a ‘peace club’ receives her certificate, after one week long of learning new skills in de-escalation of conflicts before they turn violent. Picture by Atizoyo Judith | 20 Aug 2019

Northern region of Uganda is home to over 800,000 refugees. Almost all refugees in the region come from South Sudan. They fled the country’s war that has caused displacement of millions and deaths of tens of thousands, according to London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Such big number of refugees concentrated in small areas known as refugee settlements has brought problems. Firewood, water and grass are in short supply. Conflicts over such dwindling resources are one major issue. But efforts towards creating co-existence amongst the population as well as host communities are in high gear, by various players. Our reporter, Atizoyo Judith, is in the world’s third largest refugee settlement, Bidibidi.