“I’ll try my best”: Congolese refugees rebuild

By Emilie Syberg

Last month in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a widely circulated video appeared to show Congolese government soldiers killing unarmed civilians. The U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, denounced the attack and others like it in the DRC, referring to “massive human rights violations”. Refugees from the areas of conflict sometimes flee with almost nothing to their name, moving quickly to stay ahead of danger. Emilie Syberg talked to a Congolese refugee in Johannesburg, Rebecca, who found safety in a shelter with her four children, and is ready for her new beginning. Warnings for graphic material in this piece.

Photo at top: Dawn breaks over Johannesburg. SoundCloud photo: Refugee sign from United Nations Human Rights Council. (Emilie Syberg/MEDILL)