There is no introduction I can write to honour this young brave woman's courage and resilience to survive. I feel a connection with her, as like me she desperately wants to get a message out to the world. I will not pretend to know what her life is like, for I haven't even walked a … Continue reading Let me Just say something – saw with my bare eyes that the world is not on war for PEACE—it’s on war with Violence!
Working with CEN refugees, I have come to regard them as my friends. So to read Sifa’s story, had me ready to jump on the next plane and go to her. To comfort her and tell her how courageous and brave she is. Anger boiled over in your heart and mind. To know someone I … Continue reading If we can’t create social change & consciousness then there is no hope for humanity
I'm truly amazed at the positive attitude these brave young men have. For they have every right to hate the world. A world that has forgotten about them. But they don’t… they show compassion and gratitude for everything they have. They don’t focus on the trauma and horror, they have endured. They love their community … Continue reading A simple poster… that’s all it meant to me. To the refugee children, it meant that someone cared.
I share these stories not to promote sympathy but to give these young brave courageous men and women a voice. A voice to the world that doesn't know they exist. And, in doing so they feel that someone cares, that their lives matter. Isn't that what we all want? To know that our lives matter. … Continue reading Our lives matter… isn’t that what we all want? To know our lives matter to someone.
Before I publish an article, I like to write an introduction. For the past several days, I have struggled to write the introduction for this story… I’m finding it difficult to express into words how this story affected me emotionally. I was telling my dear friend, Melissa this when she said, ‘CEN refugees are the forgotten people. … Continue reading Without HOPE there is no life… a heart breaking story of courage and survival
As a Westerner living in a free country with an abundance of food, education and wealth, it’s hard for me to imagine what it’s like to be subject to child labour, poverty and violence. Yes, there are many documentaries and media networks trying to raise awareness. But once you see them, the awareness goes away … Continue reading I failed my sister and she died… I blamed myself
As many readers know, I’m the Australian representative for CEN a refugee camp in South Africa. Their strength and resilience, continues to amaze me. No blame, no poor me or victim mentality. And, I think that I’m helping them! Reality is they have helped me. Helped me to see clearly as to what is important … Continue reading ‘Give, even if you only have a little’ – Buddha
When we hear or read about the plight of refugees or starving people in South Africa its generally the children that media/social media focus on. But what about the adults who care and support these children, aren’t their stories just as important to be told? As the Australian representative of CEN: Community Empowerment Network, refugee … Continue reading Kaskil’s mother & sisters were raped – a normal occurrence in Congo
I’m the Australian representative for CEN; my goal is to create awareness throughout Western countries to the plight of refugees in Western Tanzania. My long term goal is to raise funds so I can go to Western Tanzania and help young girls and adult women rebuild their confidence. I interviewed Kaskil, Coordinator for CEN about … Continue reading The Community Empowerment Network (CEN)
The Community Empowerment Network (CEN) is a local community network providing refugee children and safe environment to live-in, free of war and conflicts. CEN operates within Nyarugusu, a UN refugee camp in Western Tanzania, which is home to over 150,000 refugees making it one of the largest in the area. The refugees are from Congo, … Continue reading Abuse in Refugee Camps – Hatima shares her story