Another Refugee Story that Inspires

Refugees International Japan Blog

By Alexandra Giebel

Following our recent event “Beyond the Headlines – Refugee Tales that Inspire” with individual stories, I had the opportunity to conduct a Skype interview with someone who had worked with displaced people in Cape Town, South Africa. He is not just an expert on refugee law and the situation of refugees in South Africa, but he himself came to South Africa as a refugee. His story is yet another of those inspiring stories like those we heard at our event, stories that are evidence of the courage and fortitude of those displaced by war and conflict.

Back in the Democratic republic of the Congo (DRC), Léon* used to have a normal live. Actually, he had a successful and promising life. After finishing his university degree, he started a career as a lawyer. But then, he and his two brothers were forced to flee conflict in the…

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