Refugee children dream big

This World Refugee Day, refugee children in Malawi share their hopes and dreams

Badre Bahaji
Jun 19, 2018 · 3 min read

Just like Albert Einstein, who was a refugee, children growing up in refugee camps also dream big. They too are talented and have the potential to shape the future of their community and the world. Refugee kids in Malawi are no different.

Gervais, who is seven-years-old, is from Burundi living in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. “When I grow up I want to be President so that I can help people in my country.” Will he be the next Nelson Mandela?

Rolande, who is 11-years-old, is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “When I grow up, I want to be a famous artist. I like dancing and performing for my friends and family.” Will Rolande be the next Beyonce?

Frank, whose parents arrived in Malawi from DRC, was born in Dzaleka refugee camp, and is now 11-years-old. “I want to be a famous footballer. I play every day with my friends here in the camp and I’m the best player.” Can he be the next Ronaldo?

Crisha’s parents are refugees from Burundi “I want to be a shopkeeper when I grow up and become rich.” Will Crisha, who was born in the refugee camp, become as successful as Indra Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsico ?

Six-year-old Crino and his family are from Burundi. “I like cars. When I grow up, I want to own lots of cars and win races.” Will Crino one day win as many titles as Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton?

Helen, who is five-years-old, escaped the violence in DRC with her family to find safety in Malawi. “I want to become a doctor so that I can heal people when they are sick.” Do you believe Helene can make history like Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross ?

To support these dreams and help children achieve their potential, WFP provides food and nutrition assistance to some 35,000 refugees living in Malawi. If we end conflict and prevent refugee crisis across the world, we can end hunger by 2030. On the occasion of World Refugee Day, join the movement and share this story using #WithRefugees and #ZeroHunger

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Badre Bahaji

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Advocacy and Reporting Officer with @wfp in Malawi 🇲🇼

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