Family of ten camps at UNHCR offices
Publish Date: Jan 16, 2014
Family of ten camps at UNHCR offices
Farhiya Mahamed Ahmed with her family outside UNHCR offices .Photo:Esther Namirimu
  • mail
  • img

By Esther Namirimu

A family of ten has been camping outside UNHCR offices for four days seeking relocation to another country.

“All I want is for the UNHCR to cancel the letter of rejection they gave me, that way I can get another chance to live a better life,” said Farhiya Mahamed Ahmed, a 42 year old mother.

Ahmed says that her and her children have spent four nights in the cold and "the office responsible for us has not offered us even a glass of water, we are just living on the mercy of passers-by."

“No one in the office seems to care or even talk to us, it was only today morning that a man came and told us that he was going to get a car to take us back to the settlement,” she adds.

Farhiya Mahamed Ahmed claims that in 2009, she went to UNHCR offices for help but instead of being assisted, the officers took her back to the camp by force.

“Can you imagine they pointed a gun at me? My daughter Bosteyo was playing next to the UNHCR gate and security personnel pushed her and she fell badly and injured her head permanently.”

She adds that the girl was taken to Mulago hospital where she underwent an operation.

“I did not report this case to police or even to Human Rights Network but I have the medical forms to prove what I am saying,” says Farhiya.

Farhiya claims that in 2009, an American went to the Refugee Settlement and took most refugees to America but I missed that chance because UNHCR had rejected my case.


The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Ugandan youth wins Commonwealth award
A pioneering young entrepreneur from Uganda, Dr Charles Batte, has won a Commonwealth contest awarded to young people with bright ideas....
Kenya host Iteso heritage day celebrations
The Iteso community on Saturday showcased a deep and rich history as well as its cultural values during the fourth heritage day festival held in Kenya....
Sickle cell association seeks sh3b for hospital
The Sickle Cell Association of Uganda is looking for shs 3b for the construction of a new hospital in Kawanda, expected to provide 24 hour medical services to sickle cell patients in the country....
Court orders BIDCO to negotiate with Kalangala residents over land
Court in Masaka district has given BIDCO another opportunity to negotiate with the 140 tenants of Bumangi village in Kalangala district whose land was taken by the company....
12 win fully paid trip to Kampala
Twelve people from upcountry towns have won a fully paid trip to visit Kampala and Entebbe International airport courtesy of Vision Group Company....
Kilak MP Olanya appears in court, pleads not guilty
Kilak Member of Parliament Gilbert Olanya pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening and incitement of violence on Thursday at Amuru magistrate''s court....
Is Uganda ready for the pope's visit?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter