Bears On Stairs

700 children flee conflict in South Sudan and cross over the border into Uganda every week. Alone, sick or separated from their parents.

Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda is now the largest in the world. The majority of children arriving there have witnessed their parents killed, or have no idea where they are. Many walk for more than a week with no food. They reach the settlement terrified and with no one to turn to for help.

On 27th July 2017, 700 teddy bears arrived at the steps of St Paul’s in London to raise awareness of the plight of South Sudan’s children.


With conflict still raging in South Sudan, thousands more children continue to cross the border into Uganda – most of them have absolutely nothing – not even toys to play with.

In December, the 700 bears embarked on a 6,000-mile journey to the refugee settlements in northern Uganda to give the children a little bit of Christmas joy.

We asked people to show their support by taking a picture of their Bears on Stairs and sharing it using the hashtag #BearsOnStairs.

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South Sudan Refugee Appeal

Conflict and a terrible famine in South Sudan have forced hundreds of thousands of families to flee their homes.

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