Photo Gallery Uganda's Open-Door Refugee Policy

Upon arrival in Uganda, refugees receive a work permit, 900 square meters of land and permission to remain forever. How is the small country in the middle of Africa able to do it?
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Amule Thomas Satimun, 26, fled with his pregnant wife and his mother. Soro Godwell, the girl in Christine's arms, is one day old in the photo. She was born in Uganda's Mvepi initial reception camp.

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Almost 1 million refugees from South Sudan, which is being torn apart by civil war, have been allowed into Uganda. The country has the most open, generous refugee policy in the world.

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Most of them fled from ethnic cleaning in southern South Sudan. Many refugees in the camp accuse members of the South Sudanese army, SPLA (shown here at roll call in May in the capital of Juba), of being responsible. The troops and the government are dominated by the Dinka ethnic group. All other ethnic groups are accused of rebelling.

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Asu Dennis Lasuba, 37, was divided from his wife and children by fighting north of the city of Yei. His only recourse was to flee south, to Uganda. Here in the initial reception camp in Mvepi, he receives three warm meals a day.

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The UNHCR brings people from the border in buses to the initial reception center. From there, they go directly to the parcel of land that the refugees can keep and farm if they'd like to.

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South Sudanese are distributed onward as quickly as possible - in part to make room for the several hundred, or even more than a thousand, new arrivals each day.

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Waiting for lunch: South Sudanese refugees line up for food distribution, sheltered from the equatorial sun by a metal roof. Men on the left, women on the right, children in the middle.

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No food without registration: The UNHCR records the refugees and gives them a ration card.

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Selena Gaba, 40, and eight of the 12 children with whom she fled from Yei in South Sudan. Her daughter stands to her left, with Gaba's grandchild on her arm. In Uganda, they were given land on which they could build.

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Much of the food is distributed by the organization World Vision.

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The UN's World Food Program likewise provides rations, including cereals, beans and oil, to the refugees.

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