When God created man, he also provided food for him. This shows that without food, man will not survive and eventually die. We may say that food is life and the fuel of our human body. Without food you can easily be attacked by various diseases, and in the end it will even effect your work and economic security.
Well how is the food situation in Mtendeli refugee camp?
Mtendeli is one of the Burundian refugee camps in Kigoma, Tanzania. There are more than 50,000 refugees living in the camp. Food distributed by the UNHCR for refugees, is only 1 kg of beans and 2,5 kg of maize flower every two weeks.
“We normally finish the 2 kg of maize flower within the first 3 days of the week, after that we suffer the whole week”, Alex (23).
Within the camp there is no place for agricultural activities and the refugees are not allowed to go out ofthe camp to find food. This results in a hopeless life for refugees, because every day you keep thinking about what you will eat tomorrow.
“Our life is unstable like a flag. Some think it is better to die rather than seen children and old people complaining about hunger without any proper support”, Felix (22).
“Many children drop out of school because of food scarcity”, Eric (20).
We ask the government and other responsible entities to give us the chance to go outside the camp to nearby villages to find work or for agriculture activities. If not, we plea that the size of the camp should be increased in order to get more space for farming. We also need support in terms of agriculture equipment and skills from organisations and the government. The UNHCR need to increase food rations and ensure employment for youth.
“The Government and the different organizations should provide enough food for refugees in the camp”, Saleh (21).
It is better to die by a gunshot than hunger. We will be very thanks full for your support.
By youth reporters in Mtendeli camp