10 Refugee Women
This is my story...
Life doesn't stop once you become a refugee. It goes on. But not in the "safe-in-the-arms-of-my-rescuers" Hollywood-style type of life. Sometimes, in many ways, it gets a lot worse before it gets better ....
Hello. I am 28 years old, Burundian. I am married with one daughter.
Both my parents were killed during the violence between 1995-2003.
My elder sister was killed in 2012 by people from Mtabila Camp in Tanzania when our land was taken by force.
Soon after I went to work as a maid for a family in Bujumbura. After a market fire in February 2013 my boss moved to Uganda taking me with them.
Shortly after moving, my boss tried to rape me, his wife chased me away.
I was afraid to go back to Burundi where all my family had been killed, so I made my way to Kakuma Camp in Kenya where I was cared for by a Ugandan woman.
I married in June 2013.
A month later we were falsely accused of working secretly with the Burundian government and were victimized by others in the camp. Our food assistance provided by World Vision was regularly stolen - leaving us helpless.
In September 2014, war broke out in the camp. Fortunately we were able to escape unharmed.
We now live in Kayole, Nairobi. It is very hard for us here. Both my husband and I are unemployed and we struggle to be able to provide enough food for regular meals. My daughter often goes hungry.
It is my desire to start a small restaurant in partnership with other ladies from similar circumstances to my own.
We have a vision of being self-supporting by means of this business. Any assistance you can give to help make our vision a reality will be greatly appreciated.
Help this young lady and many others just like her, restart their lives - here in Kenya.