“If I regain peace in my country, I regain everything”, says a refugee. The years of fighting between rival ethnic warlords for power forced millions of Somalis to take shelter in other countries, mainly in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya or Yemen. However, a few took refuge as far as in India with the hope of safety and a good future from the UNHCR.
But once they come to India they fall into great insecurity when they find that they have no basic rights and UNHCR provides no help to solve their problems or difficulties as refugees. Already stray from kin and families, they have no hope for the future or certainty in life and with no sustainable income or financial support, life becomes utterly unbearable.
As they put their concerns to the UNHCR in New Delhi, they say -“our only hope UNHCR is meant to help us, but in reality it doesn’t, and it is discouraging”.
Most of the refugees intend to apply for a voluntary repatriation to Somalia as the last resort, even with the full knowledge of the dire circumstances in Somalia. A refugee says “God forbid, you do not face this problem; you should not be without a country and rights”.