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Ocen James's Story

Thu, 06/30/2022 - 15:06 -- Betsy

I first heard about CVT from the sensitization session they held when they came here and told us they were from Gulu. They said they’d come to give counseling service to those with difficulties from the war situation. I first met with CVT in this place, right under that tree.

Mirem's Story

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 10:03 -- Betsy

From what had happened in my life, I had a lot of intrusive memories, memories of what happened in the war here in Northern Uganda. I got to know CVT at a gathering – counselors came to talk to us; they did a sensitization. They said they wanted people to have counseling sessions, and said those who were interested should come.

Francine’s Story

Fri, 02/18/2022 - 15:11 -- Betsy

When you have a problem, you must share it. To get a solution, put your problem out to a discussion. Because of the education I received at CVT, now I feel good – I know I have other people I can lean on. I have also learned from CVT that sharing my problem can help others.

Now I understand about hope.

Claude’s Story

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 16:09 -- Betsy

Before I came to CVT my life was full of difficult challenges. I had problems but it was hard to know what to do or where to go. I had many challenges from my homeland of Burundi in my mind. Before CVT I felt very bad. I met people who came to CVT who told me about the service.

I had so many problems – I joined CVT.

Before CVT I was not able to control my problems; I felt my body was weak. Now I know what to do. If I have a problem, now I do exercises – it helps. Sometimes if I just do it, it helps.

Noor's Story

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 07:52 -- Betsy

I was married very young, only 16, and I got pregnant two months after my wedding. I have two daughters and a son. Our life in Syria was very simple. In 2011, the events started in Ghouta, not far from where we were. We started to hear about the demonstrations. We started to feel afraid. Our neighborhood was raided all the time and there were many security forces there. We would sleep with our clothes on to be prepared in case they raided our house at night. There was no safety anymore, we were so restricted.

Hikayat’s Story

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:23 -- Betsy

I lived in a village in Sudan, a very beautiful village; it had trees and sand. I lived a happy life with my siblings and family. We lived a simple life but the war ruined it.

The war had a terrible effect on my village: the houses were destroyed. There wasn’t enough food. We ate dry bread and we’d put some water on the bread so we could eat it. People started to hide under the beds because shots came through the ceiling.

Amina’s Story

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:18 -- Betsy

Before I came to Jordan a lot of things happened. I fled Sudan and came here because I was looking for safety. I came here alone because my husband was here already for three years.

At the beginning it was a new country, a new place – I felt fine but I wasn’t able to stay in the same place with my husband. He was forbidden from working. They made him sign a paper saying that they would deport him back if he was found working. Until we could get housing together, I had to move from one Sudanese house to another. It was a very, very difficult time.

Samer’s Story

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:14 -- Betsy

In my religion, we were minorities in Iraq, and we are fought everywhere. We had no rights and are considered second or third class at best. We aren’t allowed jobs or activities – we are considered infidels even though we have one God. We are original natives.

Nia's Story

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 15:13 -- Betsy

Before my life was very, very bad because all my family have died. Some were killed from the war in South Sudan. Some died from disease. I had a very sad mood and thought to myself, “Why have my people died?” When I thought about how I’m here in the camp alone, I thought it would be better for me to die – to get away from this pain, I should die.

Angelique’s Story

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 14:53 -- Betsy

Angelique* was a health specialist working at a hospital in Burundi, doing well for herself, before she was forced to flee the country with her two children and her brother. Her brother became a target after witnessing the murder of a high-ranking government official. The family started their new lives in Kenya and had seemingly adjusted to refugee life in Nairobi when Angelique’s brother mysteriously disappeared.  

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