Resiliency

I haven’t been to a Global Refuge project since 2006. 

I felt a little anxious going back. I could never quite get over seeing the suffering I saw on my first trip, seeing people whose lives had been shattered in the violent crossfire of a fight for power. It cracked open what I believed about God and the world.

I’ve learned some things since 2006. 

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What's Your Connection?

When Shaunessy and Jaden met with me to ask if I would come to work for Global Refuge, they understood if I didn't want to. It would mean going back to the days of complexity, having to invest my emotional capital into something, having to care.

Well, shouldn't we care? It's a good question, and many people are asking it these days.

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Saying Goodbye to Buma

In October of last year, we wrote to you about Buma's Story. Buma Losa was a quiet and thoughtful man. He displayed meekness and humility and his eyes told the story of a difficult life. He conducted his work as a grounds keeper for GRI’s Odubu Clinic with pride and perfectionism. 

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Rose

This is Rose's first child. She is excited about her pregnancy, but also nervous. Who could blame her? How many first-time mothers have been nervous, even with access to good health care, let alone coming to realize you cannot return home and will have to raise your child in a camp? She never imagined this would be the case. 

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Anuarite's arm

Anuarite was in need of help. She was cooperative in following directions but refused to speak to the staff. She blankly stared ahead. Her mother accompanied her on the long walk to the clinic. She reported that Anuarite had stopped speaking completely when her husband left her and sold their land. Soon after, two of her six children had passed away and also her father. He was killed in the war. We believe two of her children are currently living with family in Goma and the other two with family in a heavy fighting area south of Lubero. The staff tried multiple times to interview her and her mother, but they did not share a lot.  There is always more to the story.

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