Resilient and Self-reliant Life: South Sudanese Refugees Imagining Futures in the Adjumani Refugee Setting, Uganda

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Resilience and self-reliance have become central in humanitarian responses to refugee situations. Based on a two-year longitudinal qualitative study, this article explores how South Sudanese refugee youngsters in Uganda imagine and act towards their futures, and questions what resilience and self-reliance can mean in the temporary space of the refugee camp. Youngsters need to become accustomed to a future without substantial progress, or be ready to play the game of chance. As such, a resilience and self-reliance policy not only reveals the powerlessness of refugee youth, but also the limits of a humani-tarian project to seek actual solutions to refugee situations.

Julie Schiltz

Department of Special Needs Education, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.

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