"All we are asking is for assured security so we can return home."

Publié: 24 avril 2015 8:17 CET

Hashita, 50, is a mother of six, all of whom have dropped out of school. She lost her husband to violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic in 2013. Since then, she has been living with her children in an internally displaced persons camp. Before the crisis, Hashita ran a business in the capital and supplemented the family income. This, she says, was destroyed in the violence, rendering her and her children not only homeless, but also fully dependent on humanitarian aid, which she says does not come too often. There are several other women in the same camp, all in the same predicament as Hashita.

“We lost our husbands to the violence, leaving us the burden of looking after children. Our houses and businesses were destroyed and we can hardly support ourselves. Life in the camp is very traumatizing and a major set-back but what can we do? We do not like it here and would wish to resume normalcy. All that we are asking for are reconstruction materials and assured security so that we can go back home and earn a living and also take our children to school,” says Hashita.