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← Refugees want empowerment, not handouts

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Zeige Revision 7 erzeugt am 02/22/2018 von Brian Greene.

  1. Currently, most refugees
    live in the cities
  2. rather than in the refugee camps.
  3. We represent over 60 percent
  4. of the number of refugees globally.
  5. With the majority of refugees
    living in urban areas,
  6. there is a strong need
    for a paradigm shift and new thinking.
  7. Rather than wasting money
    on building walls,
  8. it would be better to spend on programs
  9. to help refugees to help themselves.
  10. (Applause)

  11. We always have to leave behind
    all our possessions.

  12. But not our skills and knowledge.
  13. If allowed to live a productive life,
  14. refugees can help themselves
  15. and contribute to the development
    of their host country.
  16. I was born in the city called Bukavu,

  17. South Kivu,
  18. in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  19. I am the fifth-born
    in a family of 12 children.
  20. My father, a mechanic by profession,
  21. worked very hard to send me to school.
  22. Just like other young people,
  23. I had a lot of plans and dreams.
  24. I wanted to complete my studies,
  25. get a nice job,
  26. marry and have my own children
  27. and support my family.
  28. But this didn't happen.
  29. War in my homeland forced me
    to flee to Uganda in 2008,
  30. nine years ago.
  31. My family joined
    a steady exodus of refugees
  32. who settled in Uganda's capital, Kampala.
  33. In my country,
  34. I lived already in the city,
  35. and we felt Kampala was much better
    than a refugee camp.
  36. Refugees in the cities

  37. have always been denied
    international assistance,
  38. even after their recognition
    by UNHCR in 1997.
  39. In addition to the poverty problem
    we were confronted with
  40. as the local urban poor,
  41. we were facing challenges
    due to our refugee status,
  42. such as a language barrier.
  43. In Congo, the official language is French.
  44. But in Uganda, it is English.
  45. We didn't have access
    to education and health.
  46. We were exposed to harassment,
  47. exploitation, intimidation
    and discrimination.
  48. Humanitarian organizations mostly focused
  49. on the formal settlement in rural areas,
  50. and there was nothing in place for us.
  51. But we didn't want handouts.
  52. We wanted to work and support ourselves.
  53. I joined my other two colleagues in exile

  54. and set up an organization
    to support other refugees.
  55. YARID -- Young African Refugees
    for Integral Development --
  56. began as a conversation
    within the Congolese community.
  57. We asked the community
  58. how they could organize themselves
    to solve these challenges.
  59. The YARID programs for support
    evolve in stages,
  60. progressing from soccer community,
    to English language
  61. to sewing livelihoods.
  62. The soccer changed the energy
  63. of unemployed youth
  64. and connected people
    from different communities.
  65. The free English classes
  66. help empower people to engage
    with the Ugandan community,
  67. allowing them to get to know
    their neighbors and sell wares.
  68. The vocational training program
    offers livelihood skills,
  69. and with them, important opportunities
    for economic self-reliance.
  70. We've seen so many families
  71. become self-sustaining.
  72. We've seen who no longer needs our help.
  73. As YARID's programs have expanded,

  74. it has included an increasing
    range of nationalities --
  75. Congolese, Rwandan, Burundian,
  76. Somalis, Ethiopian, South Sudanese.
  77. Today, YARID has supported
    over 3,000 refugees across Kampala
  78. and continues supporting more.
  79. (Applause)

  80. Refugees want empowerment, not handouts.

  81. We know our community better than anyone.
  82. We understand the challenges
    and opportunities we face
  83. to become self-reliant.
  84. I know better than anyone
  85. that initiatives created by refugees work.
  86. They need to be internationally
    recognized and supported.
  87. Give us the support we deserve,
  88. and we will pay you back with interest.
  89. Thank you so much.

  90. (Applause)