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05 September 2018

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Helene, next to items from her reintegration assistance package. Photo: IOM/ Serena Pescatore

‘A Better Future at Home’: Reintegration Assistance in Cameroon

Douala – On a hot summer’s day in August, staff at the IOM office in Douala, Cameroon, milled around sewing machines, fabric rolls, boxes of salon products, fruits and vegetables, and a mix of other items being assembled into individual reintegration assistance packages. Outside, 22 recent returnees from Libya were waiting patiently.

“[I] returned from Libya, with my husband and our 12-year-old daughter,” said Marlise, one of the returnees. “Where we were, we witnessed tortures and abuses. It was very hard, especially for our daughter, to bear hunger and [hear the sound of] gunshots. She wanted to go back home.”

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Stéphane Kalala and his daughters at the IOM Uganda Transit Centre. Photo: IOM/Abubaker Mayemba

“I am Now Complete”: A Father, Three Daughters and a Joyful Reunification

By Abubaker Mayemba

Kampala  On a July morning in 2018, three young girls — 9-year-old Eunice Neema, 7-year-old Bless Riziki and 4-year-old Plenty Buya — sit calmly with their caretakers on a couch at the office of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in Kampala, Uganda. Dressed to the nines with newly-braided hair, they are waiting to meet the director of IOM. At least, that’s what they think…

While waiting, they receive a video call from their father Stéphane Kalala, who lives in Belgium. Stéphane is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and has been recognized as a refugee in Belgium.

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Lucia Kula: "I could finally choose where home was. I was a free traveler, a migrant by choice"

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