Preparing to safely transport refugees in South Western Uganda.

When people are forced by conflict or natural disasters to leave their homes and find safety, many times their journeys will take them to the borders of neighbouring countries. Exhausted and in desperate need of protection, food and clothing amongst many other requirements, they can only hope to receive a warm welcome. AIRD, in close collaboration with donors and government agencies, provides humanitarian logistics support in all its areas of operation and ensures the compassionate movement of displaced people to safety.

Delivering essential Non Food Items (NFIs) is also a critical activity carried out to guarantee that beneficiaries receive some of the basics including items like jerry cans, basins, hoes, mosquito nets and wheelbarrows. In some areas, our staff receive and transport displaced people fleeing conflict and persecution every single day. By the end of 2019, there were over 50 million IDPs globally, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), with the highest number recorded in sub-Saharan Africa.

Refugees transportation needs do not end with simply moving from borders to settlement camps. AIRD supports refugees in travelling back and forth to address other issues that might crop up. Our teams on the ground ensured maximum care and protection of displaced people was observed during transportation for events out of the settlement camps such as court cases, prison visits, resettlement and any other movements requested by UNHCR. Appropriate transportation of the Persons of Concern (PoC) was provided with different factors taken into consideration such as; age, gender and diversity, persons with specific needs including the elderly, women, children and vulnerable people living with disabilities.