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Teacher seeking independence

Rihana Abdullahi Yussuf, 21, is an Ethiopian refugee living in Masala in the neighborhood of Hargeisa, Somaliland. The mother of one came from Harar in 2006 with her family. “My brother and I teach at the refugee school. We earn USD 380, while our family gets USD 80 as subsistence allowance. We use the money to pay bills and sustain ourselves.”


Carpentry skills offer refugee youth hope

Nadine Bahati was only 19 years old when she arrived at Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, in Uganda fleeing conflict in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Nadine found herself being the bread winner in the family of four siblings.


Designing a new life

When the unrelenting bombs on Tunguli Village in Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan were too much to bear, Kaloka and his sister had no option but to join other villagers who were fleeing the terror of war. It’s now been two years since he got separated from his family, but he keeps hope alive that one day he will see them. It is even sadder that he lost his sister recently.


Life is what you make it

It is easy to assume that life in a refugee camp is all about desperation. But Achol Deng, 25, thinks otherwise. She is an astute business woman at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana County, Kenya and owns a successful hotel business. Deng started her eatery six years ago, and it has steadily grown.


Determined to make it

Hamdia Nasir Ibrahim is a 23-year-old Ethiopian asylum seeker and a mother of two who lives in Masala area of Hargeisa, Somaliland. She came to Somaliland in 2010 with them. “I am the bread winner of my children, aged two and half years and 11 months.  Currently, I work at NRC Norwegian Refugee Council and I earn US$ 190 monthly, which helps to take care of my children. For me to sustain my family I have to work hard,” she says.


Inspiring story ahead of the World Refugee day.