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Manyangson Ngong, le capitaine de l’équipe Lucky Start du camp d’Ayilo. Photo : Oxfam

Blog: Comment des réfugiés sud-soudanais font du foot un instrument de paix, au-delà des clivages

Tandis que la Coupe du monde bat son plein au Brésil, une compétition d’un autre genre a lieu dans le nord de l’Ouganda. Dans les districts d’Arua et d’Adjumani, de jeunes réfugiés sud-soudanais ont formé des équipes de football afin de jouer pour la paix.

« Jamais je ne me serais attendu à en arriver là. Bor, l’école et mes amis me manquent », témoigne Manyangson Ngong, le capitaine de l’équipe Lucky Start du camp d’Ayilo. Le conflit qui a poussé tant de personnes à fuir pour sauver leur vie a aussi coupé court à ses études, à Bor.

Football for peace: World Cup fever helps bridge barriers for South Sudanese refugees

Blog: Football for peace: World Cup fever helps bridge barriers for South Sudanese refugees

As countries from all over compete for the World Cup title in Brazil, a different kind of tournament is taking place in northern Uganda. There, in the districts of Arua and Adjumani, young South Sudanese refugees have formed football teams to play for peace.

“I never expected to end up in such a situation. I miss Bor, school and my friends,” says 18-year-old Manyangson Ngong, the captain of the Lucky Start team from Ayilo settlement. His studies in Bor were cut short at the start of the conflict that has left many fleeing for safety.

How solar power is helping Syrian refugees

Blog: How solar power is helping Syrian refugees

For Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, the sun’s light means safer nights.

Look closely at the photo above. Notice anything different about those lampposts? In fact, the lights in the background of the photo—which was taken in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp earlier this month—are actually solar-powered lamps installed by Oxfam to help improve residents’ safety.

Samira has been forced to live in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo: Luca Sola/Oxfam

Blog: Syria's women sitting in limbo

I recently met Reema*, a 19-year-old Syrian girl, in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Back in Syria, Reema had her whole life before her. She'd just finished high school, and was about to go to university to study. She was eager to work and set up her future.

Then, her family home was bombed and she, her parents and sisters had to flee. Now she sits in a camp with no chance of further education, no prospect of independence, and — in her eyes — no real hope of a better future.

Sadly, Reema's story is just one of many among the people of Syria.

Helping disabled Syrian refugees live with dignity in Jordan’s Zaatari camp

Blog: Helping disabled Syrian refugees live with dignity in Jordan’s Zaatari camp

Adapting to life in Jordan’s sprawling desert refugee camp Zaatari, is hard for all refugees, but especially so for those with disabilities and special needs.

I met 12-year-old Sidra, who had arrived just two days earlier, with her mother and brother on the main street near the camp entrance. They had just gone to a hospital in the camp to register Sidra and request a wheelchair.

In Cairo, Egyptians gathered to light candles in Mostafa Mahmoud Square, in solidarity with the people of Syria. Photo: Ihab El-Sakkout

Blog: A global call for ending the sufferings of Syrians

Thousands of Syrians continue to flee conflict every day, seeking safety in neighboring countries. Thursday 14 March marked the two year anniversary of the start of the crisis in Syria. Oxfam with partners around the region joined efforts to mark this day by organizing a candlelit vigil in different parts in the world.

Children collect water from Oxfam tap stands at Zaatari refugee camp. Credit: Caroline Gluck

Blog: Syrian refugee influx adding to Jordan’s water worries

Just a short distance from Zaatari, Jordan’s sprawling refugee camp, hosting more than 160,000 people who’ve fled conflict in Syria, lies a road full of small nurseries growing vegetables and olive trees.

Vigilia Global para Siria, 14 de marzo de 2013

Blog: Dos años son demasiados: Únete a la vigilia internacional por Siria

“¿Dos años? ¿Ha pasado ya tanto tiempo?”. Esa es la reacción general aquí, en el Reino Unido, cuando le recuerdo a la gente que el conflicto de Siria se acerca a su segundo aniversario.

Hace dos años, por esta época, la ola de protestas que recorría el norte de África y Oriente Próximo acaparaba los titulares internacionales. El 15 de marzo de 2011, le llegó el turno a Siria. 

Global Vigil for Syria, 14 March 2013

Blog: Two years too long: Join the Global Vigil for Syria

‘Two years? Has it been going on that long?’ That’s the common reaction when I tell people in the UK that the conflict in Syria is nearing its second anniversary.

This time two years ago, the international news agenda was dominated by stories about the wave of protests running across North Africa and the Middle East. On 15 March 2011 it was Syria’s turn.

Farah Al-Basha deals with workers and contractors, in Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Blog: Helping Syrian refugees in a male-dominated environment

Amid a sea of male construction and site workers in Jordan’s sprawling Zaatari desert camp, Oxfam’s female engineer Farah Al-Basha stands out from the crowd.

The energetic 27-year-old Jordanian joined the Oxfam team earlier this year, quitting her job at a private engineering company to work for the aid agency.

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