The story below was recalled by Congolese refugees Belle* and Marie.* The details described are accurate to the best of their recollection.
April 14, 2014 — Imagine surviving violent civil unrest only to discover that your sister is missing. Imagine your search for her yields only evidence that she has perished in her attempt to escape. Imagine drawing strength from your one remaining sibling as you arrange for her funeral and perform a traditional burial ceremony in her honor.
And imagine learning more than a decade later that the sister whose funeral you arranged is alive and well in the United States.
This is the story of Belle and Marie, two sisters currently living in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. In 2003, the women were separated from their sister, Julienne, when war broke out in their home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Eleven years later, after rumors convinced them Julienne was dead, the sisters were reconnected over the REFUNITE mobile platform.
Posted on Tuesday, April 15th 2014