Congolese family re-united

Sanctuary Australia FoundationBlog, Refugee Stories

Grasnie with granddaughter

Gasore with granddaughter

After 14 years of being apart, Gasore, a Congolese man, has finally been reunited with his family who have been stuck in Kibuye Kiziba Refugee Camp in Rwanda. The family, including his wife, sons, daughter and granddaughter, arrived in Coffs Harbour on March 30th.

During their time apart, Gasore has suffered greatly, worrying about the well-being of his family in the camp day and night.

Stuck in Kiziba refugee camp, the family faced a lot of insecurity and difficulties including threats of violence, rape and destruction of their house. Gasore constantly worried about his family and particularly the safety of his daughter and grandchild.

Gasore went to many organisations seeking assistance with his sponsorship but was not able to sponsor his family successfully until he came to Sanctuary for help.

Upon their arrival in Coffs Harbour, the whole Congolese community gathered to greet them. Later Sanctuary was invited by the community to a big welcoming event where all Sanctuary donors were thanked for their ongoing support.