For many years the northern part of Uganda was inaccessible due to an ongoing civil war. Much of the population survived these years in refugee camps along the Ugandan/Sudanese border with little hope of returning to their ancestory villages. In 2005, some of the larger cities in this area became accessible as Ugandan government forces were able to suppress the rebel factions.
When the area became open to outsiders, local ministers of the New Apostolic Church Uganda began to visit the refugee camps and assist the displaced people in returning home. With many larger humanitarian organizations providing food relief, the WRF joined the effort by providing sturdy blankets for transport and weather protection, and mosquito nets to protect against malaria. In a second round of support, the WRF directly joined food relief efforts by purchasing and delivering staple foods like posho and beans to the affected areas.