A man stands in the middle of a dusty compound. Around him, 60 people
sit and drink water that he paid for, eat food that he gave them, and
take shelter under the roof of his own house. Their faces are a mix
of relief and sadness: relief that they escaped the violence that caused
them to flee, and sadness for the destruction they have witnessed and
for those they have left behind. These people are not this man’s family –
in fact, he has never met most of them before today. But for these 60
people, this man is their only hope, and the only person keeping them
RI and British Shadow Minister for International Development Rushanara Ali MP traveled to Burma in April 2013 to investigate the current humanitarian situation of Rohingyas living in squalid displacement camps.
South Sudan’s Yida camp is not classified as a “refugee camp,” but rather a “transit center.”
In spite of this distinction, the 70,000 refugees who have settled here – some
for more than a year – are developing their own permanent structures.
Refugees International (RI) advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
We are an independent organization, and do not accept any government or UN funding.