Gizele’s Story, Uganda
20 year old Gizele Kibalonza is a Congolese refugee in Kyaka II refugee settlement. She works as a health officer for the Kyaka II youth centre, mobilizing fellow youth to spread health related messages in the community and tackle diseases such as the spread of HIV/Aids.
“I’m Gizele Kibalonza, a refugee from Congo. I arrived here in January 2005; when we left our home we hoped that the fighting would ease and we could return, but it continued. By the time I entered Kyaka II I I was 14 years old. I came with my family – my mum and my younger sisters and brothers – I am the eldest of the four children. When we arrived we were welcomed by the Ugandans and the government of Uganda provided us with a plot of land. I was very appreciative because they showed us kindness regardless of our differences. The other thing I’ve noticed here in Kyaka is that people are comfortable; their human rights are protected and their government is respected. People are free to wonder in and out the camp. I am very proud to say that I am a health officer for the youth centre committee. The center teaches preventative measures to decrease the transmission of HIV/AIDS .We never want to go back to the Congo because it is too dangerous to live there and we have no access to schooling.”