This valley hosts almost 1000 refugees from across Africa and Uganda. A resettlement area, the tenants have already been through lengthy camp stays and processing and have been gifted land to build their lives again. Land that once belonged to locally born farmers the presence of the new comers still causes great tension. With limited infrastructure and support the community relies on itself to lift each other up. With its own small school, shops and church they are dependent on each other for trade of vegetables and goods.
Had the incredible opportunity to meet and hear the stories of several refugee families in central Uganda with Morgan Cardiff this year and also the honour of photographing them in front of their houses as part of an ongoing project that explores the concept of home.
Pictured outside his house here is Singmira, a 45 year old father of 8. 2 years ago the Ugandan government stripped him of his land for a match stick plantation and relocated his family.
Pearl, a 29 year old mother of 3. A internally displaced Ugandan whose family was relocated by the government 2.5 years ago for a match stick plantation.
She hopes for food security, to be able to send the kids to a better school, an improved home life and to build a permanent home for her family.
Picture here is Julia with her husband and 2 grandchildren they care for. In their late 50's they fled persecution in northern Rwanda, after 3 years in the settlement they farm maize and corn.