Everything has been taken from Nyirankunda. She has lost her friends, family, home and identity. How can she ever smile again?
Nyirankunda is from a village in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Like many thousands of others, she fled her war-torn country for a refugee camp in western Uganda, which is where the Bible Society of Uganda recently met her.
Militia rampaged through her village
What happened to her when militia rampaged through her village was so traumatic that she finds it difficult to speak about it. When Justus Rubarema from the Bible Society met her, he met a woman whose pain was etched on her face.
“Although she has lost her trust in everyone, little by little, she began to talk to us,” says Mr Rubarema. “Her story was of pain, loss and hardship. But then, when we started to talk about God, she smiled. She told us that her hope is in Jesus, her saviour, who also endured much suffering.”
Three refugee camps
The Bible Society visited three refugee camps in western Uganda in order to hear people’s stories and find out how to help them. They discovered that many, like Nyirankunda, love the Bible but don’t own one. They also found that there is a huge need for counselling to help people recover from the trauma they have experienced and enable them to rebuild their lives.
“Although we did not bring Bibles to give out on this first visit, we gave them a Proclaimer – an audio New Testament – which they will be able to listen to together,” says Mr Rubarema.”They were so happy to have it! We are also planning to begin running trauma healing counselling sessions in the camps, through the She’s My Sister* program. Please pray for these refugees, that they may come to know God’s healing in their lives.”
*She’s My Sister is a trauma healing program currently running in around 15 countries, including DR Congo. The program aims to bring emotional, spiritual and psychological healing to people who have experienced trauma. Click here to find out more.