As resources decline or become degraded, rural women and their families lose access even to the most basic livelihood resources like food, water and energy. In these situations, families must make difficult decisions to meet their needs. Unfortunately, some of the few available strategies involve accepting fraudulent offers of paid work from human traffickers as well as selling a child into marriage or labor to attempt to provide temporary relief to the rest of the household. This link between natural resources, poverty and what we in the developed world know as human trafficking is most often overlooked. Indeed, few organizations have systematically targeted natural resource access as a means of securing communities against the global humanitarian crisis of trafficking.
The newest video from the New Course team explores these interconnections in post-conflict Northern Uganda. The footage was shot during photographer Brenda Berry and her colleague David Middleton‘s trip to New Course program sites where we are testing new interventions to target the roots of human trafficking. To learn more about our work targeting the root causes of trafficking and devising integrated solutions to stopping this crisis, check out our new Root Solutions Initiative.