A compassionate refugee policy has led Uganda to welcome 800,000 people escaping conflict and famine in South Sudan.
Famine, economic collapse and years of fighting have forced people out of South Sudan faster than from any other nation on the planet. The stream of arrivals, who averaged 2,800 each day in March, has begun to take a toll on the country’s southern neighbour Uganda, host to roughly half of the 1.6 million people forced to flee their homes.
Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement is a refugee camp in northwestern Uganda. With over 270,000 South Sudanese refugees fleeing the ongoing civil war, as of early 2017 it is the largest refugee settlement in the world.
Bidi Bidi covers 250 square kilometers of the eastern half of the district of Yumbe, stretching southward from the South Sudanese border and spilling over into Moyo District along the western bank of the Kochi River.
Bidi Bidi was a small village before becoming a refugee settlement which was opened in August 2016.