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The 'Sustainable Return & Reintegration Programme' assisted 77 returnees (most of them living in DRC) with professional trainings (hairdressing, welding, tailoring, carpentry, knitting). The training took place from February 2015 to July 2016. Olivier, 30 years old, learned welding through this training. He fled to DRC with his family (mother, father and 2 brothers) in 94. “I was only 10 years old by then. We left on foot. I remember my father tiding me to his back with a rope so we would not get lost. We were living in the forest and we had to still cassava and bananas to survive. We kept moving deeper into Congo. The hardest part was to find food to eat and a place to sleep. We have spent some time in camps, the leaders had tents to sleep in, but we had to sleep in the open. There was constant rain. People in DRC did not like us as we were stealing their food. Once I was caught stealing, but as I was only a kid they slapped me few times and let me go. We were in the constant run. My parents and one of my brothers were killed there in the war. I do not know about my other brother, I think that he is still in the DRC forest.” He got back to Rwanda with the support of the Red Cross and later he has got IOM’s support with the trainings and start-up kit. “I was really pleased with all the support I received upon my return. After the training, I rented this place with 3 friends from the same training with the start-up cash that was given to us. Now life is good as because of the training I can work, I have won my independence. “The Rwandese who are still hiding in the forest in DRC should come back. It is better to come back to Rwanda, get a training, start a new life and contribute to the country than to keep on the run stealing food and dying of diseases.” says Olivier. Mundende district.
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