Reconciliation of Refugees Returning from Exile.

by Innovations in Peacemaking Burundi
Reconciliation of Refugees Returning from Exile.

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Your donation has improved the Human Right Respect in Burundi and daily life of returnees as it contributed to their trauma healing, the their social cohesion and their economic resilience through Self Help Group approach as a convenient.

The key success stories were for instance::  

Divine

Two events wounded me mostly: the loss of my father and the time I passed within the refugee’s camp. When my father was still alive, I could not lack anything I wanted but since he passed away, we started living a difficult life. My studies were negatively affected because sometimes we could not get food. I couldn’t start school the right time because lack of uniform or school materials. Thus, I remember my father because such bad experience could not happen to me before his death.

The second event was the life in camp that I’m not able to express today.

Anyways, I appreciate the teachings given that “after experiencing traumatic event, life must continue”. This is very crucial for someone like me. It encourages me to endure what I went through and plan ahead.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank IPB for the teachings spread and his financial partners

Kevin

My father refused me since he knew that my mother got pregnant. This act pushed my mum to separate and fled until I was born. She finally met my father and lived together as a couple. My father never changed his mind on me. He refused categorically to recognize me as his child. On the other hand, I hate my father strongly. Following the 2015 election crisis, he left us and fled out of the country until today.

Mu mum continue to fight for our survival. We fled ourselves in rural area where the life was so tough. Our effective reintegration with our neighbours needs moral and socioeconomic contribution. Looking at the list of trauma symptoms, I saw what my psychological situation is and what kind of assistance I’m needing.

More thanks to IPB and his donors

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IPB JUNE 2022 NARRATIVE REPORT

Context

The COVID 19 pandemic has sensibly reduced and the good governance and Human Right respect. Negative consequences of the war in Ukraine have implication on the effective reintegration of returnees from exile in particular

In contributing to this context, IPB conducted a Healing and Rebuilding Our Community Basic workshop in this June 07 - 09, 2022 with 10 repatriated women and 10 who remained in the country to promote effective reintegration. Five coaching meetings were facilitated for five Self Help Group to reinforce the community social cohesion and economic resilience.

Following are key success stories

Judith

My mother’s died the time she was giving birth to my young sister. Even though I was still little girl I stopped my studies to take care of my young brothers and sisters.

This woman caring to the new born claimed from my father a special diet and other needed material including baby’s clothes in vain.

Late on my father got remarried with a woman who did not want to understand that we still need our father’s affection. She created a kind of blocks between her own children and us. She didn’t want us to inherit from our father wealth

All these situation wounded me at the point that I developed trauma symptoms which I come to discover during this trauma healing workshop.

I’m glad to learn that after traumatic events life must continue. I had despaired at the stage I didn’t believed in the future

Being part of the Self Help group is to have a family and from that family I see future life too.

I’m not able to share you about the life I lived in the refugee’s camp.

May be next time if there should a follow up.

Cecile

I was wounded by my husband’s behaviors. He joined the rebel movement, two years after our marriage. We had the first baby. After their training each one was appointed in his region to combat there. He was then captured and imprisoned in different dungeons accusing him of political affairs. I was summoned where I said that he was kidnapped by rebels and came back after a while. After two months, he was once again arrested by the local administration and put him in jail once again. I advocated for him to the human right team and became released.

After four years running behind my husband case, the recompense was to divorce with me and got married to another wife. He mistreated me and my children. This behavior wounded me at the point I developed a series of trauma symptoms.

I’m glad that I got time to express on this situation that have been weighing on me for year. It’s so important for me to be part of a Self Help Group to seek for financial autonomy.

By Elie Nahimana

Project leader


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IPB MAY 2022 NARRATIVE REPORT

Context

The consequences of the Russian invasion in Ukraine are present in daily life in Burundi. The rise in fuel prices occur after a severe shortage observed throughout the country for more than a month.  For several weeks public urban transport in the commercial city of Bujumbura was disrupted. Several city dwellers were forced to walk to reach their place of work or to return. Others had to pay for a taxi to take them home more than ten times the normal amount.

This has an impact on the effective reintegration returnees coming back to Burundi today

In contributing to this context, IPB conducted on May 2-4 a HROC Basic workshop with 20 repatriated women to deal with trauma endured within the Refugees’ camp and reinforce the social cohesion and economic resilience to promote the community wellbeing.

Participants are also introduced and organized within the Self Help Group approach for effective community reintegration.

Somme Key success stories

Emelyne

My mother passed away when I was still young after a long hospitalization. Due to the tiredness of taking care of my mother alone, I got seriously sick too. I used to lay down beside her. I will never forget the words she told me that she was about to go and I was to grow up by and sustain myself. After saying as such, she immediately passed away. I cried and comforted myself. After her funerals, my brothers pushed me saying that I was done. They mistreated me, beat me and told me to leave their land because I am a girl. The things which saddened my heart are a lot. I cannot speak of all of them now. I thank those who thought about us and taught us these teachings because I am starting to accept myself and my history. Thank you very much!

Languide

I was captured the rebels at our school in Cibitoke Province, Rugombo commune. We were 2 girls and 6 boys. Both teens. They gave heavy stuff to carry for a long distance in bushes until we could no longer walk. Our legs swollen and our throats bent over because we carried a lot. They started beating us so that we continued to walk but in vain, then, they gave us 30 minutes of rest. We finally reached but very tired. They boiled water, mixed it with salt and another medication we did not know and then, gave us massage. Our legs started to deflate. At the camp, they taught us to shoot a gun and throw grenades. We knew everything. When they were going to make an attack, we stayed securing the camp. Everyone had a task. That day, they ordered us to fetch water and as we fetched it far, some were going there while others stayed. When we reached the spot, we met with one person who asked us where we were from. We lied that we were refugees who recently returned. We were just looking for water to drink. Then, he asked to accompany us and we got afraid of being killed because we had lied. He went with us to the camp and we realized we need to tell him the truth. Then, he told us that he is a soldier of the national army and he ordered us to take up all our stuff with us. He took us to the camp of the national army and ordered that we got beaten. We were beaten till we lost consciousness. I passed through many difficulties but God made a way. Later, we went back to our homes. I got marry and started an impossible home. I was a Hutu and got married to a Tutsi. Later, I left my husband and went away pregnant. Up to now, I have not accepted myself yet, I feel fearless in my heart all the time. Thank you very much for the teachings you provided to us and that you come to organize ourselves as a group sharing the same psychosocial situation.

I believe that a new way of living comes to draw itself for me. Thanks a lot!


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IPB APRIL 2022 NARRATIVE REPORT

Context

Following the recent complete left up of all sanctions imposed to Burundi in 2016, the current context is characterized by the   massive returns of refugees from exile and the visible reduction of the COVID 19 pandemic in one hand. In the other hand, the negative effects following the Russian invasion to Ukraine in matter of lack of fuel is affecting majority of communities here in Burundi

In contributing to this context, IPB conducted on April 11-13 a HROC Basic workshop with 20 repatriated women to deal with trauma endured within the Refugees’ camp and reinforce the social cohesion and economic resilience to promote the community wellbeing.

Participants are also introduced to the Self Help Group approach for effective community reintegration..

 

Key success stories

Marthe

Since the Somalia UN Security Mission started we prayed that my husband could participate. Our prayers were exhausted. At his return, he destroyed the house lying on me that he wanted to rehabilitate it.   I enjoyed the idea and contributed in that destruction.

The time we were destroying it, my husband were moving all items to his second wife. When I learnt that he lied behind me, I got crazy.  He thought that without house I could left the property. Under God’s strengthen, I succeed to manage what happened through prayers and advises from my family.   

In this workshop, I come to learn thing very important for me that is: “after traumatic events, life must continue”.

I” m in the process to rebuild the house destroyed by my husband. To become part of the Self Help Group is to get a new community and family. It will help me get follow up that will lead me to recovery from the trauma I do hold today

 Marie Rose

I was shocked by the fact I didn’t follow any studies as the rest of my family members.

My mother was the first to sensitize my father to not send me at school saying that female is there for housework. I was obliged to stay home for cooking general cleanings.

Due to that situation I got married at 18 age old. At the beginning, life was as proud as my husband was a business man. After one year, he got a car accident and stayed at the hospital for two years. I expected that my brothers who attended school could recognize that I did all house work to allow them take studies.

The main response was: “sorry, we have so many family obligations, we don’t have extra fund to look before your needs. I’m glad that I come to learn about trauma and the way to recovery from since I saw that I do have it. The other important thing is that I’m going to be part of the Self Help Group dealing with economic resilience.

I’m going to sensitize about Trauma, its consequences and the way to recover from it as I do have family members living under it.

Reported by Elie Nahimana

Project Leader


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IPB MARCH 2022 NARRATIVE REPORT

Context

Following the recent complete left up of all sanctions imposed to Burundi in 2016, the current context is characterized by the   massive returns of refugees from exile and the visible reduction of the COVID 19 pandemic in one hand. In the other hand, negative effects following the Russian invasion to Ukraine in matter of lack of fuel is today a handicap to the daily life of people

In contributing to this context, IPB conducted a trauma healing workshop with 24 students on 16 -18 March 2022 with Red Cross Volunteers attending Nyakabiga Secondary School to deal with trauma endured within the Refugees’ camp and reinforce the social cohesion and economic resilience to promote the community wellbeing.

Some of the key success are mentioned below

Kevin

My father refused me since he knew that my mother got pregnant. This act pushed my mum to separate and fled until I was born. She finally met my father and lived together as a couple. My father never changed his mind on me. He refused categorically to recognize me as his child. On the other hand, I hate my father strongly. Following the 2015 election crisis, he left us and fled out of the country until today.

Mu mum continue to fight for our survival. We fled ourselves in rural area where the life was so tough. Our effective reintegration with our neighbours needs moral and socioeconomic contribution. Looking at the list of trauma symptoms, I saw what my psychological situation is and what kind of assistance I’m needing.

More thanks to IPB-HROC

Claudette

My life is characterised by so many traumatic events. I lost my father when I was little girl. We were four children. After that, our mother left us for unknown destination. We went to our grandmother who mistreated us

At twelve years old, I left the primary school and came to look for job here in Bujumbura. I was hired for a baby care. Since there were pulpits attending primary school, I took initiative to help them the homework. When my boss knew about that, she sent me back to school and do the baby caring after school.

What made me sadder was one visitor who told to my boss that I look as a Hutu and that I didn’t deserve to live there and the most serious case would be the baby care.

I was then cashed out. One church member took me at her compound. I got school fees difficultly and that I don’t know where my sister and brothers are today, if they still alive or not

I developed so many trauma symptoms. Even though it look like, I was encouraged to learn that after trauma events, life must continue

More thanks for IPB-HROC

Reported by Elie Nahimana

Project Leader 


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Location: Bujumbura - Burundi
Project Leader:
Elie Nahimana
Bujumbura, Burundi
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