“We are praying to God to go back to our lands, and to change our situation. So many people are starving and have lost all their property leaving them nothing to go back to. Here in the camp we have widows, orphans of war, children who don’t go to school and many people disabled by the conflict. We want our governments to resolve the conflict and situation so we can go home as people are dying so miserably here.”
“I have been here for six months with my six children, I am a widow, and my husband was killed after the war. We have so many problems; we have no where to stay, no blankets, nothing to make a bed with. We are about to die of hunger. We are waiting on the will of God. We are looking for something to eat. During the night it is very cold and we are just hoping that God will change our circumstances.” Esperance, one of the many widows in the camp.
“Beluleko Dlamini is the child of Makhosazana Sithole whom she got while at school at the age of 18years,We need any help (health care, food and clothes )” “We seek help for our school fees, food and clothing. Mncedisi is at secondary school doing form 2, Malibongwe doing form 1 and at primary is Temakholo Nomcebo at grade 5, Noxolo doing grade We are seeking for help”.
“I sell food in this market, this helps me to survive, improve my social well-being, help my children go to school and to pay for food for my family.” Patricia “I have been a widow since 2001, I have six children, and my life is very hard. When I recognize what I have to do for my children I find myself no able that is why I am saying that my life is very hard. I have got six children but only one of them is studying because of a lack of financial means. I am Christian and God helps me through my troubles and provides for my children. I really want my children to go to school so that they can get knowledge and be able to provide for themselves.” Josephine
“We are praying to God to go back to our countries, and to change our situation. So many people are starving and have lost all their property leaving them nothing to go back to. Here in the camp we have widows, orphans of war, children who don’t go to school and many people disabled by the conflict. We want our governments to resolve the conflict and situation so we can go home as people are dying so miserably here. But having you here shows us that we have not been forgotten. Caritas have supported us but it is not enough to end our situation as new people keep arriving. The new arrivals have nothing. We receive some gifts from people but it is not enough. Joyful Hearts organization has given us food, clothes and shoes for the new arrivals and special cases but this is still not enough.
Most women here are traumatised, they don’t know where to stop or start [second traumatisation]. This is a problem all people here they have. We need training to deal with the trauma. Even asking about simple things like food can give a flash back to past violence, like when they were attacked in the field when they were collecting food.
We are missing cleaning facilities like soap to clean clothes, without it we get skin diseases and we only have one three toilets for the whole camp. We keep praying to God to provide, people are about to give up due to what they left - their lands and their lives, it is very hard. The camp has given us land to build churches and to cultivating but not seeds and we need wooden materials to build a church. Orphans have nothing to do and they leave the camp [and due to hunger they pick up anything to eat outside the camp which makes them sick].120 children already go to the government school beside the camp already but the school is full and there is not enough space in the school to accommodate all the children [due to the number of children in the camp]. We need many people to support us in this bad situation.” Musa, Malindza community’s camp leaders.
“My life before was very hard, I’m orphaned. I did secondary school in hard circumstances after I was unable to find a job I came to Manzini but I was still unable to find a job. I used to stay in a kitchen in church. Then Janvier and annonciatta from Joyful Hearts organization came to visit me and decided to get a house for me and a way for me to go to high school.
My present life is quite different from before I am so happy. I am so happy that I am at high school and my brother is going to secondary school. I am so thankful to God for my life, my high school and my brother at secondary school.” Joyful hearts organization is able to fund Gcinile and her brother through the sponsorship by Joyful Hearts which pays for their food, accommodation and school fees.
“This group is made up of widows and HIV+ people. I have been leading this group for three years. When I consider where we were and where we are today; we used to be very needy but now we help ourselves. Now we are growing up and developing but we are still missing facilities to protect our crops. Also we are missing a water pumping system for our cooperative. Once these needs are met our situation will be really improved. These activities help us to grow up, feed our families, save some money to buy meat at the market and to pay children’s school fees so we are improving. We keep growing our activities such as growing other green vegetables.” Mss Dlamini, leader of the cooperative.
“My name is Suzana Mwajuma. All the members of my family were killed including my husband. This happened before my sight, I got so traumatized because of this and from that moment I am suffering from heart attacks. The biggest problem I still have regarding my suffering am not able to look after the children my husband left to me. I even think of running away from my children because they have to attend school but no finances to assist them”.