Refugee Health | Student Poster | 2017

EXPLORING SOLUTIONS FOR REFUGEE HOUSING IN UGANDA

Utilizing high-prevalence agricultural by-products as a source for construction materials

Nicole C. Little, Katerina Kalyoncu, Korydon Smith
Straw bale construction proposal.

Introduction

The world’s newest country, South Sudan, has experienced international and domestic conflicts since its secession from the Republic of Sudan in 2011. Fighting began in early July 2016 forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee to Kenya, Sudan, and other regions within South Sudan, but primarily Uganda. 

An average of 2,829 South Sudanese refugees crossed into Uganda each day throughout September 2016. Refugee settlements in the Adjumani region saw an influx of nearly 1,000 refugees per day.

Working with Professor Korydon Smith, a studio of architecture students took on this global challenge. This sample of work frames the challenges of refugee resettlement and explores solutions for housing amidst the complex situation in Uganda.

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    South Sudan, the world’s newest country, has experienced international and domestic conflicts since its secession from the Republic of Sudan in 2011. Fighting beginning in early July 2016 forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee to Kenya, Sudan, and other regions within South Sudan, but primarily Uganda. The number of refugees entering Uganda increased from averages of about 200 per day the first half of the year to thousands per day starting in July, including more than 8,000 on July 21. Throughout September 2016, an average of 2,829 South Sudanese refugees crossed into Uganda each day; during a similar period, refugee settlements in the Adjumani region saw an influx of nearly 1,000 refugees per day. It is now the world’s largest refugee resettlement area. As of the end of 2016, Uganda hosted more than 600,000 refugees from South Sudan alone, adding to refugees in recent decades fleeing violence and other insecurities from Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and other countries.