On the third of May two thousand sixteen, I arrived at Katima Mulilo border as an asylum seeker from Burundi.
Since that evening until now, I have been surprised by peacefulness in this country. I am going to express this quality by showing how three sectors gave me a lesson that I would tell each and everyone I meet especially my country Burundi. These sectors are Namibian police, Namibian Refugee Committee and political stability.
Talking about Namibian Police, it is appreciable to see how they respect human rights as long as they treat every detained person with due respect . when I was at Katima Mulilo police station waiting for a car to take me to Osire Refugee settlement, I was happy to see how the detained could easily see their families and friends; it was also pleasant to see how they could often see lawyers .
However , the most surprising fact is to see the detained persons being given milky tea and bread with jam or butter inside as breakfast, rice and nice soup as lunch and meat or eggs with maize meal as dinner. We would better know that this can not be given even to a prisoner in most of African countries. No matter isolated mistakes, Namibian police is among the best in our continent. Concerning Namibian Refugee Committee , I miss words to express my gratitude; I grew up in war torn country so that During my childhood my family and I fled to different neighbouring countries. Except here , I have never seen an asylum seeker being given a paraffin stove, a mattress even a spoon. It is also not common to see a refugee camp with brick and zinc roof house where we proudly feel safe.
Everyone will also appreciate the favour an asylum seeker is granted once accepted as a refugee in this Land of the Brave; imagine a refugee being given a passport to travel abroad except in their country of origin. This is not common in African Great Lakes where we come from. It is known that other refugees are living in tents or in grass houses in most of refugee camps in Africa. Political stability stresses also the unique destiny of Namibia among countries that underwent independence conflict. It is encouraging to see a young Democracy like this organizing free , fair and also electronic elections while electoral period means time for panic and trouble for many third world nations. Moreover it inspiring to see an African president quitting the presidential seat peacefully.
Let me finally give respect to His Excellency Doctor Sam Nujoma a liberation war icon who can be counted among few independence heroes accepting to pass the power while they are still alive. in brief , peacefulness in Namibia inspired me with confidence that we can expect a better future in Africa. Namibian context gave me hope that my beautiful Burundi can be an ideal destination for citizens as well as foreign Nationals. I say many thanks to Namibian police, to Namibian refugee committee and to your political system.
by Enock Iradukunda