Hidden Lives - The Untold Story of Urban Refugees (21/43)

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Congolese refugee, Ebumbe Menga, 46, from the Fizi territories, South Kivu, pictured in Bujumbura, Burundi.<br />
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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]. <br />
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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. <br />
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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
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...
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