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Feeding refugee children’s dreams in school

Zoka Central Primary School in Uganda’s West Nile region had closed down, but after a massive influx of South Sudanese refugees the school re-opened. Today, more than 2 300 South Sudanese refugees outnumber the local students by ten to one. Thanks to €7 million in European Union humanitarian aid, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) was able to partner with three other organisations - Windle International, Lutheran World Federation, and REACH - to address the challenges presented by the sudden influx. The four organisations set to work, providing water and shelter, building toilets and improving hygiene, and ensuring education. In total, over 300 000 refugees and host communities benefit from the aid.

Story and photos by Christian Jepsen, Danish Refugee Council

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