They can flee, but can’t cut off from their homeland – refugees from Eritrea like Samuel (27) have to pay a 2 % income tax if they want to engage the services of the Eritrean authorities. No paying, no documents. Samuel needs his Bachelor degree, but he doesn’t want to support an autocratic system. The Eritrean consulate, however, calls the tax a “symbolic burden” – a perspective human rights organizations won’t share.
When Lepo Depo and Kakule Molu run away from their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it was not clear to them where they would stay and or whether they would ever get their lives back together and live normal lives. Uganda offered them a new home, as the country allowed the freedom to live like any other citizens. They run businesses in one of the biggest arcades in Kampala city. Clare Muhindo and Amos Ategeka spoke to them about their lives as refugees in Uganda.
Innocent Mekari and Juma Ahmeld Mpangule. Two men from Tanzania, one goal: Innocents dreams of working in Germany, Juma already lives that dream. As a foreigner the way into the German job market can be stony. But in the end it can also be very promising.
Ariam, Aaron, Samson and Abel have fled Eritrea to search for a better life in Europe. Their journey from Eastern Africa to Germany, where they have finally found shelter, has clearly left marks on the young men’s souls, as some of them suffer from deep trauma. Their story shows, why leaving for a life in Germany has been both a blessing and curse.
"People tend to believe I am strong. But I am like a candle flame in a steadily blowing wind." When Cellou Diallo (All names of refugees have been changed) looks back on the past t
“No human being should face this kind of situation”, but in fact lots of children and youth’s experience horrible things every day of their young lives, while they are trying to find a way out of terror, war, violence, and poverty, in their countries. Through their despair, they try everything to reach Europe, where there believe such things can not happen to them. But because of the Traffickers, the life in Europe won’t be happier for most of them.