Samson Bigirimana, 26, was no different from other child refugees who entered Uganda amidst uncertainty, close to 20 years ago. But he has made a mark through farming. As this year’s World Refugee Day was marked with the theme “Get to Know Refugees.
He is about six-feet tall and carries a friendly smile, as he drives cautiously along streets in Hargeisa city, Somaliland. He talks fleetingly and slowly, but maintains his amicability. He has proven that refugees can led normal lives and fend for themselves.
At a tender age, Stani shows the way in farming
Irafasha Gadi steadily holds the hosepipe as he waters vegetables, bracing the scorching sun at Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana County, in Kenya. Irafasha, aka Stani,18, is a Burundian refugee farmer and member of the Shamba la Eden (Garden of Eden) farmers’ group.
Plumbing skills enable refugees to support their families
When refugees flee their home countries to others, due to conflict, a lot of uncertainties await them in unknown land. In addition, there are limited opportunities available for them in the countries they are hosted.
Primary school in Kyangwali facilities given facelift
Malembo Primary School had rickety structures, six years ago; learners squeezed themselves to fit in limited classrooms and had to struggle with insufficient desks. And there were only a handful of teachers. The pupils’ enrolment was low, and the teachers’ morale was low.