- Published: Thursday, 03 July 2014 14:27
The Musasa refugee camp in Burundi celebrated World Refugee Day on June 20. This has become an important day every year for not only refugees but also partners who work for the assistance and protection of those rendered vulnerable by wars and conflicts in their home countries.
To represent the strong commitment of the partners of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the day began with a parade made up of refugees and partners in the nearby village of Muyinga. The theme of the day was "One family torn apart by war is already too much” because "millions of families have lost everything."
Throughout the day were many activities including visiting innovative projects for refugees. The Ideas Box was presented to distinguished guests such as the governor of the Ngozi province and the head of the UNHCR Sub-Commission in Muyinga. These leaders highlighted the wealth of content available in the Ideas Box and fast access to information made possible by the different modules.
The governor also praised the idea of allowing Burundians (camp host) and nearby residents to use the Ideas Box to have access to various tools and organized activities.
The Ideas Box spotlighted families forced to flee conflict and who currently reside in the camp. One family testified of the positive effects the Ideas Box has had on their daily lives. "The activities help children and adults escape distress and discouragement,” explained the parents, “because the activities bring moral relief. Our children learn different subjects and they have opportunities to deepen what they have learned in the classroom during their school break. They receive moral lessons that give them hope and the Box helps fight against delinquency.”
This day has become a reminder of the crucial importance of aid to refugees. The contribution of the Ideas Box in the Musasa refugee camp has been vital because it helps meet LWB’s mission of "promoting access to education, information, and culture for emergency situations and vulnerable populations."