American actor Daniel Gillies is in Uganda to fight for the plight of refugees who continue to flock into the country.
Gillies better known for his role as Elijah Mikaelson in the television series Vampire Dairies and The Originals has been in the country on a six-day tour to advocate good living conditions of South Sudan refugees.
After visiting the camps especially Bidibidi and interfacing with the refugees, Gillies told press in Entebbe that he is running a campaign to raise money and meet this humanitarian crisis.
“I feel that… we have actual power to influence the powers and leaders to intervene in the refugee situation,” he said.
“We are in the middle of one of the most severe humanitarian crises in recorded history,” Gillies says in a message shared with Oxfam Uganda.
The message says a massive hunger crisis is threatening the lives of 20 million people across parts of Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula.
Worldwide, more than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, violence and disaster.
“While so many families are seeking help and refuge wherever they can find it, your action now can save lives.”
Purchasing a limited-edition “My Voice. Our Fight” t-shirt will help Oxfam provide immediate aid to people around the world, while defending their rights to live with security and dignity.
Oxfam believes that providing material goods is not enough and we must tackle the root causes of instability by applying pressure on governments and international partners to find lasting solutions.
“Proceeds from your purchase will go to support Oxfam’s programs to end poverty, hunger, and social injustice around the world.”
Speaking at the same press conference, Peter Kamalingin, the Oxfam Country director, said refugees entering the country are increasing by the day.
“There are more than 1.3 million refugees with close to 977,000 of them being South Sudanese and 86 per cent of whom are women and children,” he said.