Refugees often live in a state of limbo, waiting for governments to change or conflicts to end. In the meantime, time seems to stands still. But life doesn't stop when a person becomes a refugee - both the young and the old struggle to make it through the day and hope for a better future.
The European Commission spends more than 70% of its humanitarian budget helping refugees and displaced people in over 30 countries around the world. In East Africa, where more than 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring countries, the European Commission is present in the countries where refugees have settled, working with partners to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance.
Most of the refugee crises in East Africa have been going on for decades, but the refugee numbers have spiked in the last few years, especially from South Sudan. The majority of South Sudanese refugees in region are women and children. Since the South Sudan crisis erupted in 2013, the European Commission has allocated over €423 million to help the displaced both inside the country and in neighbouring countries where more than a million South Sudanese have settled as refugees.
Rhoda is one of recipients of EU funding. She dreams of becoming a doctor, but with war undiminishing back at home, she has put her dreams on hold, has taken a course in hairdressing and set up a business inside a refugee camp in Uganda.
This is Rhoda’s story.
Video by EU/ECHO