World Refugee Day: My Life as a Refugee Guide in Chad

Fleeing the war in the Central African Republic in 2002, Clarisse and her family sought refuge in Southern Chad in a refugee camp in the town of Goré. Four years later, she joined a Guide unit in the camp which offered friendship and skill development which transformed her life.

I am Clarisse Nemadjilem and I am 21 years old. I was born in October 1996 in a town in the Central African Republic called Paoua to a Father who is from Chad and a Mother who is from the Central African Republic. I am one of five children in my family. I am in the third year at school.

My life was devastated during the war in the Central African Republic in 2002. Driven out by the war, my family and I fled the country and we sought refuge in Southern Chad in a refugee camp in the town of Goré, with many other people from the Central African Republic.

In 2006, I discovered a Guide Unit in the camp. It transformed my life and gave me back my smile and my love of life.

Clarisse

During that time, nothing was the same. I found myself in a completely unknown world without friends and without any point of reference. In 2006, I discovered a Guide Unit in the camp. It transformed my life and gave me back my smile and my love of life. 

Thanks to Guiding, I have found a new family, new friends and sisters, I have come to know God, and I have learned so many things.

Through the refugee project run by the Guide Association of Chad in 2008, I learned many things. I was taught how to sew, use dyes, make soap and shea butter, and make juice from ginger and lemon. I also experienced the solidarity of Guiding when I met a young Leader called Emmanuelle Remadji from the N’Djamena region during a leader training event in Doba in 2011. She treated me just like a member of her family.

After that, I returned to the refugee camp in Goré as an independent young woman and entrepreneur. Thanks to Guiding, my life as a young refugee girl is very different now because of the many income-generating activities I have learned from being in the Movement. I am so happy because I have many friends and sisters in Guiding ready to give me the best of themselves.

Now, I am one of the ten (10) million Guides in the world: I made my promise in 2014.

My life as a Rufugee Guide in Chad WAGGGS

Today is World Refugee Day. We are a powerful Movement of 10 million people in 146 countries. While our lives are very different, we are driven by the same goals – to see a world where every girl can reach her potential, speak out and make change.

Whether we meet in a school, in a community centre, or in a refugee camp, we are a sisterhood - #OneMovement - that supports each other and believes in a brighter, better world for all young people.

Share your messages of hope, tolerance and love this this World Refugee Day by using #OneMovement on social media. 

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