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The Adonis Musati Project's mission is to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable and disenfranchised asylum seekers and refugees in Cape Town. In doing so we aim to provide the support necessary to facilitate a transition to self reliance. Read more.
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Written by Joseph Bisimwa, AMP Peer Counsellor
During a support group session about loss, grief and forgiveness, one of the members in my support group spoke up and began telling his life story. The man was from Burundi and explained how when he was very young his father, mother, uncles and aunties were killed during the war. They were killed at his house like animals by a group of rebel militia. The man was lucky enough to escape from his house, and later on he decided to join the army so that he could get revenge for his family. As the man told the story he was crying. His testimony was strong and affected the entire group.
He continued, explaining that while he was fighting in the army he always saw the men who killed his family, but he never got the opportunity to get his revenge. He realised that being in the army wasn’t a solution for his problem, and with that he decided to leave Burundi and come to South Africa. After a few months he got a chance to start working in a security company, but his boss kept his wages from him, and until today he has never seen any of the money that he worked for. He explained how he always felt in his heart that spirit of killing those who offend him or wrong him.
AMP had the pleasure of hosting Allison Perlin, a study-abroad student from the University of Wisconsin in the US, as intern for 4 months this year. We appreciate the hard work Allison carried out while interning with us. Below are some of her comments on her time with AMP.
"While at the Adonis Musati Project (AMP) I learned a great deal of the practicalities in instituting a human rights initiative on the ground. I worked on reports detailing refugee benefits in South Africa, particularly for individuals from Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, and Zimbabwe, the seven most common countries where AMP clients originate. I also began working on a review of the peer counselling model and generated general research for my senior honours dual thesis. But in assisting clients at the door and connecting with the organization’s Peer Counsellors I gained a deep empathy for AMP’s work. With that empathy, I was also uniquely allowed to pursue my passions and start organic initiatives.