ISSN 1710-6931 September 22, 2006 Issue 82

The Exile Of Hilaire Nganga, Musician And Artist

Refugees in Cameroon are organized in communities which are represented by a committee called the Collectif des Communautés de Réfugiés au Cameroun (CCRC, Group of Refugee Communities in Cameroon). Hilaire Nganga works for the CCRC as a Vice President for the Cultural Commission.

When the United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR) for the first time asked the CCRC to arrange the 2006 Worldwide Day for the Refugees in Yaoundé, Hilaire chose this occasion to put his and his friends' story into lyrics and music. Hilaire Nganga

RESPECT Volunteer Raises Money For Library In Ghana

A total of $1,370 USD (approximately €1,080 EUR) was raised in an August 12 and 13 yard sale in the United States to send more than 400 pounds of books to create a library for the Buduburam Community Refugee School in Ghana.

The yard sale took place in Lakeland, Florida, and was made possible through more than 100 donations of goods given by Southeastern College students. "Nobody could have predicted the immense influx of materials we received… I've never seen so much stuff in my life," commented RESPECT volunteer, Lillian Langford, who organized the fundraiser. Library In Ghana


Mariko Miller with children

Mariko Miller (holding baby) with children near the Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA) office in a refugee camp in Northern Uganda.


RESPECT Volunteer Visits Benin Refugee Camp

Logan Cochrane, a 22-year-old Canadian, could not help but accept the beckoning of Benin, a country in West Africa, last July.

The founder of Working To Empower (WTE) and a volunteer with RESPECT International, Logan was not visiting Africa for the first time, but the mission was the same.

"My trip took me through many African countries: Ethiopia, Burundi, DR [Democratic Republic of] Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria," said Logan, a recent anthropology graduate of the University of Victoria, Canada. Refugee Camp


One Boy's Silence

Living in the small internally displaced persons (IDP) camp of Agoro, near the border of Sudan in Northern Uganda, is a small 5 year old boy named David. His mother approaches me with an aggressive desperation, and at first I am taken back. Since being in Northern Uganda I have listened to the stories of the many community members in the small rural town of Kitgum and the IDP camps in the district.

I have heard women speak of being raped. I have heard mothers cry about their dead or abducted children. I have heard accounts by survivors of ambushes and attacks by the rebels, and I have talked to many children who have been victims of land mines, abduction and rape. I have seen child headed households, where one child cares for his many younger brothers and sisters, joining the growing number of AIDS orphans in Africa. I have even been offered babies by HIV positive single mothers. But I don't know how to measure the suffering or what I would even compare it to. Boy's Silence

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