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MANY WILL RECALL Jerome Rugaruza's
story, which appeared in the June
edition of Aurora. Jerome has been in
Australia since December 2009 and was
reunited with his family a few weeks ago.
In 1998, Jerome survived an attack on
his village and was forced to flee, firstly to
Rwanda and then to Kenya. Three years
later, the Red Cross discovered that his
wife Immaculee, whom Jerome assumed
was dead, was in fact safe and in a
refugee camp in Burundi. Moreover she
had given birth to their first child, Bonfils.
Three small children who had been
orphaned were also in her care. Jerome
and Immaculee now have seven children,
including the three foster children.
It was difficult for the family to survive in
Kenya as food was scarce. As a result
Immaculee agreed that it would be better
if she and the children returned to the
Burundi camp while Jerome waited for his
application to be processed. It took ten
years for Jerome's application to reach
the top of the queue. He lobbied for his
family's application when he arrived. It has
taken almost two years.
Sadly, when the family's application
was accepted, the three foster children
were left behind. No reason for their
exclusion was given. In spite of this, the
family remains optimistic and will lobby
the Australian Government to obtain
information regarding the failed application
of the remaining children who have been
part of their family for more than ten years.
Jerome and his family are very grateful for
their changed circumstances, and their
vision for a future in the "land of milk and
honey" is positive. It is difficult for us to
imagine a place where necessities aren't
guaranteed and life is so tenuous. Food
and water, housing, education, medical
attention, law and order are almost
non-existent. In his earlier article, Jerome
spoke of his daily prayers for his family:
"Give us our daily bread". He prayed
that his family would have enough food
to survive. His faith as a Christian is
inspirational and continues. "I no longer
have to pray for our daily bread. Our family
now prays to have our remaining three
children with us here in the land of milk
and honey," he said. "I have memories
of the past, friends who have survived
and those who are dead but now we
are in a 'new age'. In our new country,
with new people, friends and a different
culture, we have a happy life. We have
left the pit of hopelessness behind and
there is hope for my wife, my children
Jerome's children, Bonfils, Joy, Jessica
and King, are obviously enjoying their
new surroundings. The two older children
will be enrolled at school as soon as
a permanent home has been located.
Immaculee will enrol in an English
language course at TAFE and Jerome
continues his studies at the University of
Newcastle. God willing, Fabiola, David and
Patrick will join them soon.
a family. .
AlmostBy JUDI MCLEAN
A family reunion after thirteen
instability excludes three young pe p
-- but hope is not lost Jerome and Immaculee with their
children Jessica, Bonfils,
Joy and King.
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