Refugees turn to farming for school fees

By Gaaniko Samson

Some South Sudanese refugees in Uganda’s Rhino Camp have resorted to farming to raise school fees for their children.

Kiden Victoria; a mother of eight children said there was no other way to get money to pay her children in school other than tilling her small plot.

“Always from Monday to Friday I am in the garden cultivating because if I don’t do that my children will not study,” she said.

Kiden added that food ratio often given to them by the United Nations was very little to sell out for schools fees.

“Life in Yei was better because I used sell some food items by the road side to support my children,” she added

Kiden said life in the camp was quite different as one could do nothing a part from farming to raise some money.

Mawa Alex, a father of 2-year-old boy said if did not cultivate his piece of plot, he would not get money to support the family.

He added that though the area was not favourable for crops, he was trying his best to cultivate something to raise school fees.

“Whatever it is harvested I often take to the market in Arua town so as to get some money to support my family,” Alex said.

Felix Albino, a student at Ofua III secondary school Rhino camp said he often work in people’s farm to raise his school fees.

“I came to the camp without parents and I can’t sell my food ratio but I have to work in people’s farm to get money for the school fees,” he said.

Albino said most youth including him were staying in the camp without job.

“We are feeling of going back to South Sudan but we are worried of the fighting still taking place in some parts of the country,” he said.

“The leaders are in Addis Ababa but there is still fighting in some parts of South Sudan how can we believe as refugees of going back home,” he stressed.

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