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I am Alive – Restoring Family Links

Posted in Children, Disasters with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2009 by mariayzk

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Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. Jane Howard

You wake up in the morning, get up to brush your teeth and there in the mirror pops up a familiar face. Beneath your exterior exists another you, a part of you that carries a million memories with your loved ones spread across borders. What if one day due to  a  natural disaster or armed conflict you lose all ties with your loved ones? What would you do to reunite with them? In this article; I’ll be highlighting one such case; an Aunt’s search for her lost blood ties, her twin nieces who are fighting their lost identities in a small camp based in Tanzania.

In a day and age when domestic violence has become an open day policy in every other household; it is highly motivating to see people who are still keen on restoring family links. I dedicate this article to all those people who have sacrificed their lives in hopes of sustaining a peaceful family life.

Bound under confidentiality, I will be unable to disclose names here. The case revolves around twin sisters, born in early 1990s in Nyanza Lac, Burundi. Having lost their mother at an early age; the girls were being raised by their mother’s employee who passed away a few years ago, leaving them all alone in a world they had yet to understand. To escape the conflict zone, they fled to seek refuge in a camp based in Tanzania; where the girls are presently living. About a week ago, they were led by camp officials to the Burundi embassy, where they were notified that they will soon be sent back to Burundi.  The girls didn’t take this too well considering they have no family ties in Burundi; it seemed like a whole new world to them. In fear of being deported back to Burundi they managed to escape from the embassy and spent the next few days on the streets. However, they couldn’t get too far and were brought back to the camp. Continue reading

June 20th –The World Refugee Day

Posted in Refugees & IDPs, Slavery, War with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2009 by mariayzk

refugeesJune 20th marks the World Refugee Day.

Wars, natural disasters and violence have forced millions of people around the world to flee their homes. Whether it is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir or the recent Afghan refugee crisis, societies have been torn into a million pieces; civilians have suffered at the cost of state politics. The resulting outpour of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) warrants international support and a global human spirit. Let us join hands to rebuild their lives, their identities, their future.

WORLD REFUGEE DAY JUNE 16_2009This year round along with celebrations of the past, we need to find solutions for the present World Refugee Crisis in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Congo, Myanmar and the Palestinian Territories to name a few. Instead of quoting the number of refugees displaced within these territories, I’ll try and put faces to these figures. This article is dedicated to the real people behind the refugee crisis. Continue reading