Malith used to live at the Jesuit Refugee Service Amani Centre, a secure place for young boys with protection concerns in Kakuma refugee camp. He has now been resettled to the United States of America.
“I came to Kakuma refugee camp in 2010, and I’m now in my first year of secondary school. Here in Kakuma, the services keep us alive, yet barely surviving. Camp life isn’t a good life, especially for those people who’ve been here for more than 20 years.
I live at the Jesuit Refugee Service Amani Centre, a protection centre for unaccompanied minors. We must stay here because we’ve all faced dangers in the camp, and we struggle to study or even survive without parents to take care of us. Since moving to this centre, my performance in school has improved because they take care of my basic needs.
Someday, I want to become an engineer so I can build roads that will help children reach school. If Africa can build a good network of roads, then anything is possible. Africans will be able to trade within the continent and poverty will decrease.
We won’t need to depend on others. For now, I am happy living here and I feel at peace. Here, we don’t have to suffer. I’ve met guys from different countries and realised we can be strong together.
Luckily, I was chosen to be sent to the United States with my 16-year-old brother. When I reach there, I will then decide where my life is going. I’ll finally have the chance to become independent and self-reliant. Being taken away from Kakuma is a gift from God, but I’ll always remember this place, and I’ll come back to help when I have the chance.”
Voice originally extracted from The Jesuit Refugee Service web.-