Our Stories

Majaliwa George is a 36-year-old refugee residing in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, South Africa. He fled the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) mid-year of 2007, fearing for his life due to political instability. Unfortunately for Majaliwa, he lost his father due to the politically related conflicts in the DRC and was quoted saying "The picture of my dead father still lingers in my mind. I had to run for my life". It was then that he decided to flee the country with a hope to secure his life.

Sarah, a married mother of three, was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1979. Life in her birth country was good and like many, was leading a normal life. Tribalist injustices surfaced in her country and life took a sour turn for the worst. Internally displaced with her family, life started being difficult with no money and no food to eat. For this reason, Sarah and her family fled the country to sought refuge in South Africa in August 2008.  

Mam' Lilian as she is affectionately known to Hand in Hand and to many of her community members, is a proud motherand sole bread-winner of six children aged between 14 and 22. Like many of our beneficiaries under the Livelihood project, she is a refugee living in South Africa from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Lilian came to South Africa in 2008, and the journey down south was unpleasant and had to hike in goods trucks to land in South Africa. She received her first break in South Africa when she stayed at a missionary church for three months under the Lawyers for Human Rights. It was there that her family was provided with enough food. She emphasises how life was difficult for her, as she had to depend on the church for food.

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