My name is Shomari Ferdinand. I am 20 years old and am presently studying Agribusiness at Amitie secondary School in the Nyarugusu refugee camp. To be honest, my past is contains a very tragic story. I was born in 1998 at KARAMBA village in DRC, a few years before rebel groups attacked my native village and committed very fierce crimes. Despite my young age, I witnessed a lot of inhuman deeds. During that civil war, those rebel groups killed lot of innocent fellow citizens. They raped mothers as well as little sisters; they captured boys intending to compel them to join their teams. My parents, after being rescued several times, decided to take my two siblings as well as me and flee.
On the way, we met with several war-orphaned children who fled alongside us. We had a tragic long journey. We spent days and nights walking and sometimes we barely ate. We climbed mountains and crossed streams. Then, finally we reached the village called Yungu where Good Samaritans provided us with a boat by which we crossed the lake Tanganyika so we could stay in Tanzania for the rescue of our lives. My presence in Nyarugusu refugee camp here in Tanzania is something much appreciated for me because it saved my life and I am safe here in the camp.
However, my heart is never peaceful when I hear of and see mothers, young girls, young boys, and most importantly children coming from the DRC and Burundi experiencing the same situation as or even more than I did. So it has been a big dream of mine to come out of these vulnerable groups of people into the wide world to try to make the world a better place. But I didn’t know how to start. For this reason, I am very thankful to RYENET for the opportunity it gives me to share ideas and opinions with others to help us understand how to practice the theory of peace effectively in our daily life. I believe that by working together we can change the world and make it a better place.