World Refugee Day 2016 – Hellen’s Story


My name is Hellen Icoroit. For 13 days I was held captive by the rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army along with 27 others in the swamp of Amuria in Uganda. During that time, four to five people would be taken to be shot every other day, and me and my grandson were last in the line. At that time I was crying and senselessly groaning. I thought I was going to die with my grandchild. But when it came to our turn, the soldiers suddenly lowered their guns… for some reason they changed their minds. I don’t know why, only that I am alive today.”

Uganda’s history of civil wars and violent insurgencies has displaced thousands of Ugandans. In 2012, RIJ provided 200 families from Northern Uganda’s Morungatuny IDP camp with resettlement kits to return to their homes and rebuild their lives, at a total cost of USD $19,650. By assisting not only the returning families but also the home community through increased economic opportunities and improved health, this project ultimately benefitted 2,049 people.

“Now, many of us in the camp are returning to our ancestral homes. I am grateful for the resettlement kit that has been provided to my family, as it addresses the issue that matters to me most: the health and safety of my grandson. Because I am now being helped, I can start a good life all over again and re-integrate into my community.  A mosquito net like this one (in the kit) can save a life. With these resettlement kits, we can save those still living with us.

After all what do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?

June 20th is World Refugee Day. In 2016, with more people forced to flee their homes, countries and lives than ever before, RIJ is stepping in to provide vital support. 

But we need your assistance to do this. With USD$19,650, RIJ not only enabled 200 families such as Hellen’s to resettle their homes and regain an independent life, but also improved the health, educational and economic opportunities of thousands of their community members.

Your support does make a difference. To make a donation, click here.












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