Congolese refugee, Ebumbe Menga, 46, from the Fizi territories, South Kivu, pictured in Bujumbura, Burundi.
I came here because of the war between the government soldiers and the militias. As a Christian I was always telling people not to create militia groups and because of that I was not well seen. Some one came to tell me that the things I was teaching to my brothers; not to steal, or rape, or murder, were not very good in the ears of everybody and he told me that the militias had started to search for me. I was being searched for by Mai Mai because at that time they had started fighting against the government and also the Banyamulenge [ethnic Tutsi].
When I fled I went to Burundi and 1 week later I heard that my younger brother was killed, until now we don't know what happened to him. When we fled we fled apart, I took the direction of the lake and he took the direction of the forest. We took the boat from Kigongo straight to Bujumbura, I came with my wife and 3 young kids and a nephew. People coming after me gave me the message that my house was burned. We did many interviews when we arrived and we got refugee status from the UN.
Problems start to occur for a refugee when it comes to economic issues, the UNHCR can't provide for all the refugees in the city and all those in the camps. I help children from my neighbourhood with after school study and I can earn 5000 Francs [£2.20] like this and then I can provide for my family.The second side of life here is about health, the good news is children under 5 and pregnant women have free medicine but things change when it comes to chronic illness and other categories of refugees; for us we have to pay 50% of the bills but we don't understand why we have to do this because we don't have money and we don't have a job. The other problem is with education for our kids, we don't have enough money to send them to school. Some kids haven't gone to school for 3 or 4 years. Another problem is around security, some refug