World Vision Canada President available for media interviews from the world’s largest refugee settlement on World Refugee Day, June 20

Media Contact:

Brett Tarver
Manager, PR & Communications

brett_tarver@worldvision.ca
m 647-825-2712
p 905-565-6200 x2485

Highlights:

Nearly one million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, more than half are children.
Refugees reunited. Two South Sudanese boys who walked unaccompanied for two weeks after their father was murdered and their mother was kidnapped are reunited with their older brother in Uganda. A World Vision case management centre is helping the brothers find foster parents. Photo/World Vision.
(June 20, 2017)
Mississauga, ON – Thousands of unaccompanied and vulnerable children are among the nearly one million South Sudanese refugees who have made the dangerous, gruelling trek to Uganda. Every day, more and more women and children fleeing famine and unimaginable violence are arriving at Bidibidi, the world’s largest refugee settlement. World Vision Canada President Michael Messenger is available for media interviews from the Bidibidi settlement on World Refugee Day, June 20 to discuss Canada’s role in addressing the largest African exodus since the Rwandan genocide.


WHO:  World Vision Canada President, Michael Messenger

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (World Refugee Day) from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET

WHERE: Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Uganda

HOW:  Skype, Facetime or phone

WHAT:  Michael Messenger is able to provide an eyewitness account of the thousands of unaccompanied children in urgent need of help in the world’s largest refugee settlement

VISUALS: Photos and b-roll of South Sudanese refugees here​

FAST FACTS:
  • Nearly one million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, more than half are children​
  • 270,000 refugees in Bidibidi settlement, the population of Windsor, Ontario
  • 86% of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are women and children
  • 65 million displaced people worldwide (UNHCR), double Canada’s population
  • UN Refugee Response Plan only 15% funded