The Road to Bidi Bidi
The Road to Bidi Bidi

Through hours of rolling hills, the white nile and abundant wildlife, the road from Entebbe, through Kampala en route to Northern Uganda is stunning.
After driving over the mighty White Nile river, the landscaped changed to a familiar state; red earth, tukuls and hundreds of South Sudanese are suddenly part of the landscape.

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Boat on the White Nile
Boat on the White Nile

Crossing the White Nile in Northern Uganda

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The Founder
The Founder

Few people I’ve met in my life carry a story like hers. Treana Peake, Founder of the Obakki Foundation is doing what she does best - connecting with people in the Bidi Bidi UNHCR Refugee Resettlement near Arua, Northern Uganda.

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Kid's Zone
Kid's Zone

This is one of the most harrowing and special parts of the UNHCR settlement. Hundreds of children without parents play together in one huge area. Immediately it’s apparent - they’re missing those parental figures in their lives; they want to be played with, smiled at, laughed with. It was incredibly moving.

Treana Peake
Treana Peake

Treana giving her respects to all the children around her. In the Kid’s Zone, there were two thousand children without parents in this small area.

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Toys
Toys

These are an assortment of toys the children had made themselves - by hand to play with out of mud. They leave them in the sun to harden, and in a communal area where any of the children can share them.

Abenego
Abenego

Treana and Obakki Foundation’s Country Director in South Sudan, Abenego Majack.

Abenego is one of the warmest individuals i’ve met. Having gone through a program as a translator in the UN leading into independence from Sudan, he began helping the foundation’s efforts in 2010.

Touch
Touch

After noticing they were pulling at my shirt, my hair and my skin, I put my hand out.

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Visiting Schools
Visiting Schools

Having been to South Sudan multiple times, one thing that jumped out to me when visiting the UNHCR Refugee Resettlement in Bidi Bidi is that everyone speaks english. In the past, we’ve had translators, but when you’re interacting with someone away from them, it’s difficult to communicate. You find yourself having more developed conversations, and understanding the plights of being a refugee more in this context.

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Ger
Ger

UNHCR Ambassador and former refugee Ger Duany watching from the fence around a water well.

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On Paper
On Paper

Obakki Foundation Founder Treana Peake speaking with students about ongoing struggles in the resettlement. With her, she brought pieces of paper and coloured paint and told the students to express the way they were feeling about being educated in the resettlement camp. They drew their ruminations on paper, shown below.

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The Road to Bidi Bidi
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Boat on the White Nile
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The Founder
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Kid's Zone
Treana Peake
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Toys
Abenego
Touch
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Visiting Schools
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Ger
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On Paper
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The Road to Bidi Bidi

Through hours of rolling hills, the white nile and abundant wildlife, the road from Entebbe, through Kampala en route to Northern Uganda is stunning.
After driving over the mighty White Nile river, the landscaped changed to a familiar state; red earth, tukuls and hundreds of South Sudanese are suddenly part of the landscape.

Boat on the White Nile

Crossing the White Nile in Northern Uganda

The Founder

Few people I’ve met in my life carry a story like hers. Treana Peake, Founder of the Obakki Foundation is doing what she does best - connecting with people in the Bidi Bidi UNHCR Refugee Resettlement near Arua, Northern Uganda.

Kid's Zone

This is one of the most harrowing and special parts of the UNHCR settlement. Hundreds of children without parents play together in one huge area. Immediately it’s apparent - they’re missing those parental figures in their lives; they want to be played with, smiled at, laughed with. It was incredibly moving.

Treana Peake

Treana giving her respects to all the children around her. In the Kid’s Zone, there were two thousand children without parents in this small area.

Toys

These are an assortment of toys the children had made themselves - by hand to play with out of mud. They leave them in the sun to harden, and in a communal area where any of the children can share them.

Abenego

Treana and Obakki Foundation’s Country Director in South Sudan, Abenego Majack.

Abenego is one of the warmest individuals i’ve met. Having gone through a program as a translator in the UN leading into independence from Sudan, he began helping the foundation’s efforts in 2010.

Touch

After noticing they were pulling at my shirt, my hair and my skin, I put my hand out.

Visiting Schools

Having been to South Sudan multiple times, one thing that jumped out to me when visiting the UNHCR Refugee Resettlement in Bidi Bidi is that everyone speaks english. In the past, we’ve had translators, but when you’re interacting with someone away from them, it’s difficult to communicate. You find yourself having more developed conversations, and understanding the plights of being a refugee more in this context.

Ger

UNHCR Ambassador and former refugee Ger Duany watching from the fence around a water well.

On Paper

Obakki Foundation Founder Treana Peake speaking with students about ongoing struggles in the resettlement. With her, she brought pieces of paper and coloured paint and told the students to express the way they were feeling about being educated in the resettlement camp. They drew their ruminations on paper, shown below.

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