Palabek, 09 July, 2020 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Young refugees living at the Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Settlement have been applauded for being the first ever group to engage in the mass production of face masks, which they distribute to the most vulnerable communities in the East African country for free to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Addressing members of the public at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launch of the “Free Masks Project” at the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center (VTC), Hillary Onek, Uganda’s Cabinet Minister in charge of refugees said refugees at the settlement had taken the center stage in containing the spread of the coronavirus.
“Don Bosco has pioneered Face Mask production and have been very innovative not only in the Palabek Settlement, but in the whole of northern Uganda and the nation,” said Mr. Onek at the Wednesday, July 8 event.
He added, “The eyes of Don Bosco Missionaries have been sharp to see the needs and challenges of people. When the government did not budget for face masks for the refugees you stepped in and started making masks for those who couldn’t afford to buy them. And doing it in our district and in this new Training Center, you have made us proud.”
Onek thanked the Salesians for bringing light to a part of Uganda he said had, for years, been abandoned.