Sommer - Chapter 02
Growing up in Burundi refugee society taught the young men in this
story about victimization, fear, secrecy-and how to work the system.
While growing up in refugee camps, their elders had never allowed them
to forget how their Hutu identity forced their families to flee Burundi
in order to survive. At the same time, their refugee identity reminded
them that they were foreigners in Tanzania, the only country they had
ever known. In both cases, the young refugees learned that they were
outsiders-exiled from the old country and less than citizens in their
country of residence. Growing up unsettled by stories of their violent,
distant homeland and frustrated by living inside a remote refugee
settlement, it is hardly surprising that thousands of young Burundi
refugees wanted nothing more than a chance to escape to Bongoland, an
adventure that might distance them from their bloody past as well as
their difficult, but more frequently boring, present.