Ugandan refugee runs a for-profit arcade

refugee-arcadeMost of the time, we would think that refugees have a hard enough time just trying to get by day-to-day, but here is an example of the indomitable human spirit, who feels that there is always a glimmer of hope if one puts his or her mind to it. A man who goes by the name of Mohammed Osman Ali, might hold the distinction of being the only refugee around this whole wide world to actually operate an actual for-profit arcade.

Ali stays somewhere in the south of Uganda, where he is located near the border with Tanzania. This also happens to be one of the oldest and largest refugee camps in the world, where it was founded in 1960 and goes by the name of Nakivale. The Nakivale camp will be home to some 56,000 people, with more than 50% of the population there being children and young folks, where the entire population happens to be victims of conflict across various countries, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo included.

Uganda tackles the issue of refugees differently by encouraging the entrepreneur thinking among its refugee population, and Ali happens to be one of those who has decided to step up to the challenge, alongside other small business owners. He has an original Sony PlayStation 2, a FIFA football game, and a diesel generator to run the console in order to earn a living. 500 Ugandan shillings ($0.20) will provide up to 10 minutes of game time. While the Sony PlayStation 2 has seen some modifications made to it by Ali, the lack of games is definitely not in his favor at this point in time, but at least it does help Ali pass the time instead of sitting around and doing nothing all day long.

I think it is a matter of time before some gamers band up to contribute used consoles and games to him to help Ali out, don’t you think so?