The UN Refugee Agency estimates that more than 68 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict or persecution. More than 25 million of those displaced people are living as refugees in foreign countries, and over half of the world’s refugees are under the age of 18.
The vast majority of these refugees and displaced people have not been permanently resettled, and many of them live in camps that are rife with conflict. People of different ethnic and religious backgrounds are crowded into the same settlement. Space is limited, resources are scarce, and people are hurting. Many of the same conflicts that are playing out on an international stage are mirrored in refugee camps, as these populations are thrown together under very difficult circumstances.
The GNPI team in Uganda is working on a peace project designed to help refugees find peace with God and implement peacemaking strategies in their communities. Our parters at OneTribe People have written a radio drama that’s being broadcast into refugee camps in a variety of languages. The programs are simple and engaging, and each one offers practical skills for resolving conflict.
We also train facilitators who work in the field to help refugees apply the principles they’re learning. These facilitators have conversations with community leaders and others who've listened to the broadcast and talk through a series of discussion questions after each message. It's a community-based model where everyone is invested in the process, which creates a broad sense of ownership.