The Displaced: The African country that welcomes refugees

Uganda is home to around 1.3m refugees - that's the largest number of refugees in any country in Africa, and the third largest in the world.

Behind these huge numbers are conflicts in neighbouring countries the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

More than 90% of Uganda's refugees come from these two countries. But instead of fighting the tide of displacement, Uganda has become renowned for its welcoming refugee policies.

The BBC's Ashley John-Baptiste met some of the refugees trying to make a home for themselves in the north of the country.

In 2018 - more than 35,000 people were forced to flee their homes every day - that's one every two seconds.

This story is part of a BBC News series, called The Displaced - a selection of stories exploring the human impact of this movement, and how it is changing our world.

Check back next week, Monday 30 September, for our next episode in Vietnam #TheDisplaced

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Video by Rachael Thorn and Olivia Lace-Evans