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Darfurians refugees in Eastern Chad

Chad / Darfurian refugees from Sudan / Djabal camp (17 766 refugees, 4681 families), 4 kilometers west from Goz Beida UNHCR sub-office located 217 km south from Abeche, located 900 kilometer east from N'Djamena the chadian capital. The camp, created on 4/6/2004, is located 80 km from the sudanese border. Mariam Issac Hassan posing with her six children in the compound of her home. Safia Ahbab Abdulaye, 16 years old (tall girl on the right), Nusur Ahbab Abdulaye, 14 years old (boy in blue tee-shirt), Tahir Ahmat ali, 12 years old (left with shirt), Gisima Abdulaye Yacoub, 9 years old (girl with red scarf), Khatir Abdulaye Yacoub (6 years old with green shorts) and Said Abdulaye Yacoub, 4 years old (boy with white tunic). Mariam arrived in Djabal in 2004. "I left Sudan with 5 children. I gave birth in Chad to the last one, Said. I was living in Tukul in Dafur, close to Bayda." She was supposed to be relocate in a different country as she is disabled and cannot walk easily. "I was ready to go anywhere to get treatment, no matter no country. I would have left with my six children. So I was supposed to go. I was sent to Abeche (221 kilometers from Djabal) where I lived two years in the transit center. Nothing happened. Then I was taken back to the camp, five months ago. I don't know why I could not leave. No one explained me anything. The problem seems to be the form that the father have to sign to let the children go. My children are from different fathers. One father did not want to sign the form. he finaly accepted. But then rose other problems that I do not understand... So here I am, in Djabal." She waited two years in vain in Abeche. "I have no choice except accepting the situation. I am not leaving in my country, I am seeking help for treatment in a country which is not mine. I cannot do anything to push my destiny. May be God does not want me to travel." Being disabled, she cannot work in a field. "My children found a field and worked on it, but it did not give us anything. Lack of water and no rain. We only rely on food distribution given by WFP. I do not know what my future can be like. I am disabled and sick. I do not have future any more. I only hope for my children. If they could study. I never live a nice period in my life, never. First I lost my father before I am born. I was raised by my mother only. I marry the father of my first two children. We were arguing all the time. I did not want him anymore. My mother said that we have to pay him back the dowry. Anyway, it was still his responsability to help his children. Being poor, he has nothing. So he gave his food distribution card to help feedind them. Meanwhile I remarry a second husband and had also all problem on earth with him. Fightings, beatings, violence. My second husband said that if my first was giving his food distribution card, that means that he still wants me. So he stabbed me. Since then, I cannot walk properly. ..." / UNHCR / F. Noy / December 2011

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Taken on December 2, 2011