Emmanuel Bakenga: Refugee and Employee

I have been in Australia for two years. I left the refugee camp in Uganda because it was very crowded, there was a lot of sickness because of poor sanitation; sometimes people had to share beds and drips in hospital because of the lack of medical provision. After seven years as a refugee, I was tired of watching people die of hunger and sickness, especially children, people with disability and women. However, that life experience made me the person that I am today. As part of a youth association there, we were given some land and started farming it, and I was also a community social worker. I now realise that each time we face our fears we become more of the courageous person that we would like to be; we are the sum of experiences that we encounter as we go through life.


My wife sponsored me to come to Australia. She resettled here three years before me – being married and apart was very hard. But now we are together, and we have a baby daughter, Duciel.