My name is Baruani and I fled my native country, Congo, because of the ongoing civil war. When rebels invaded our village, they set our house on fire and killed my parents. I was able to escape. After a long journey I, together with thousands of others, arrived at the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. Life was not easy in Nyarugusu as there was little to eat and a lot of (sexual) violence. A situation which is probably typical of life in a refugee camp anywhere. Growing up in a refugee camp is in fact growing up without a future. We received bad education and were hardly allowed to leave the camp. There was no chance to participate in the Tanzanian society.
Many children in the camp had no idea of their parents' whereabouts. I wanted to help them in their search and thought to myself that the radio might do the trick. With very simple means I started a radio program called Sisi Kwa Sisi (children for children), through which many children have found their family again! I now live and study in Cape Town, South Africa and my radio program has been off the air for some time now. I’d like to help it get it restarted though. Over the radio we also discussed the problems, challenges and frustrations that children in a refugee camp run into on a daily basis.
Together we move the world
My friends and I have ensured that upon arrival in the Nyarugusu refugee camp, all children get the care they need. In South Africa, my current place of residence, I’ve started a project for children's rights at a school in Cape Town. With it I teach pupils about the rights of children, in particular the right to a name and nationality, and how important a birth certificate is for their future.
It is my greatest wish that children worldwide can make their voices heard, so that their rights will be respected. Let us, as young changemakers, take care of that!