A refugee camp, by definition, is meant to be temporary. Yet, in many places in Africa, young people know nothing but life in a refugee camp. And they are wasting away – perhaps not physically, but mentally, emotionally and in terms of feeling useful.
In Tanzania, Ezad Essa explored some of these camp, talking to young people.
Ilunga Malea Shabani, 26, says he does not recall his journey to Tanzania well.
It was some time in 1997 when major fighting broke out in South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
His uncle and aunt grabbed him and fled across Lake Tanganyika into Tanzania.
That was 18 years ago.
He hasn’t heard about the fate of his parents since. The only world he knows is the Nyarugusu refugee camp where he has lived since he was an eight-year-old boy.
“I have never been out of the camp. I have seen things on my phone, like pictures from Cape Town,” he says with a grin …