‘Precieuse’ – A Refugee Journey

Precieuse is a story from Three2Six about a Refugee’s journey from their home country, to South Africa. This particular story is a collaboration of experiences, retold through the art of animation. This was completed during the Holiday Program of 2013.

The film you are about to see was created by Refugee Children from Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Cote d’lvoire, Angola and Cameroon.

Below is the second instalment of Preciouse, the story of refugees.

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St Mungo’s Lifeworks Psychotherapy Service

Tony[i] has always felt homeless. At a very young age his parents moved to the UK for a better life, and left Tony with relatives and in charge of his younger siblings. Tony was neglected, abused and shown very little love by these relatives, alone and abandoned he longed to be reunited with his parents. Then came the day when Tony was to join his parents in the UK. Even though it was several years since he last saw his parents he was excited at the prospect of finally being loved and cared for.

Tony’s impressions of the UK mirrored the reception he received by his parents: “it was cold, hostile and unfamiliar”. He was immediately put to work, in charge of other siblings he had never met: “no-one showed me love”. Tony’s relationship with his father, in particular, deteriorated. Physically and emotionally abused by his father, Tony felt that he had no other option but to run away: “I remember my first night on the streets, I was naive, totally unaware of the dangers, it was very frightening.” (more…)

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The Banyan

A quiet resilience surrounds Pattammal (name changed to protect confidentiality), as she smiles at you. Originally from a family of seven siblings based near Coimbatore, she came to Adaikalam (The Banyan’s Transit Care Centre) seventeen years ago. The Banyan team first encountered Pattammal in Chennai – homeless, angry and dishevelled. Despite four years of close care, medication and individualised therapies at Adaikalam, the team was unable to make progress in reducing her symptoms.

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Young Oasis

Geoff , his name changed to protect his identity, is a 15 year old boy who witnessed severe domestic violence between his parents throughout his early years and whose mother was alcohol dependent. Geoff’s father left the family when Geoff was seven and he and his two younger siblings now live with their mother who is recently in recovery from addiction.

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Mumbai Mobile Creches: A tale of two sisters

Just two days after Pushpa gave birth to her youngest child Geeta (names have been changed for confidentiality) in Mumbai, she had to leave the baby with her 13-year old daughter Meena to return to work as a domestic labourer near their home on a construction site. (more…)

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Freedom From Torture

Freedom from Torture client K was a successful businessman supporting an extended family in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His family included his teenage son, of whom he won legal custody after a divorce, and three adopted teenagers from a relative who had been killed. He became active in the political opposition to the regime of DRC President Joseph Kabila and led marches and demonstrations. This led to his arrest and torture by the police on three separate occasions in 2011. While in detention, K experienced beating, cigarette burns, rape, had his ankles bound with wire, was left without food, forced to drink foul water, and was kept naked. He fled to the UK after his final detention in December 2011 after a relative posing as a regime soldier organised his escape. K spent all his savings getting to the UK.

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Hope and Homes for Children

Gihozo’s Story

Gihozo is four years old and the apple of her family’s eye. She lives in Kigali, Rwanda with her foster parents, Jane and James, and their teenage children. Thanks to them, Gihozo is growing up with all the love and attention she needs to thrive but her childhood could have been very different.

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Three2Six Education Project for Refugee Children

“Today marked a humble but exciting milestone. The Three2Six refugee education project extended its provision to Holy Family College, Johannesburg, and the first classes were held today. Fourteen Reception class and grade 1 learners (aged 6-7) attended: playing in the playground, drawing and colouring, introducing themselves to new friends and teachers, singing and sharing a meal. (more…)

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