Stories from Rhino Camp

Stories from Rhino Camp is centred on a participatory photography project completed with eight farmers from the Rhino Camp area of north-west Uganda with the agricultural company Gulu Agriculture and Development Company (GADC) . Eight photographers worked with Divesh Mistry to capture images that highlight key issues impacting their agricultural practice.

Issues identified by the photographers include: impacts from climate change, community networks, gender roles and deforestation. Images also detail the integration of refugee and national communities occurring as part of the refugee resettlement programme in the Rhino Camp area.

This project aims to provide a platform for the involved farmers to communicate their stories in order to raise awareness about the issues faced by farmers in the Rhino Camp region of Uganda and bring about change through a tree nursery in Rhino Camp.

Grace Candiru was a participant in the project and has been directly impacted by changes in rainfall patterns in the last 4 years. Changes in rainfall timing and intensity were raised by all eight participants. In this image, Grace is standing amongst a failed crop she had to burn off so she could re-sow the land in preparation for the next season © Divesh Mistry, March 2018


Refugee Integration in Uganda

Uganda currently hosts approximately 1.3 million refugees - the highest refugee population in Africa, and the third largest in the world. Despite its own internal challenges, Uganda has adopted a welcoming policy providing new refugees with allotments to grow food and build new homes.  This video provides insight into the types of landscapes and communities that exist in Rhino Camp as it showcases the refugee settlement of BidiBidi which is approximately 70 km north of Rhino Camp.

Refugees have been arriving into Northern Uganda from Sudan (now South Sudan) and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the last 40 years. Benefits have materialised for both communities, however. Provision of medical facilities, schools and roads, as well as the government leasing land of local tribes to provide allotments for refugees has increased incomes, and the availability of essential services to host communities. 

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