Eleanor Weber Ballard/MSF
Ramadhani
“Refugees never have a good life - it`s a struggle to get enough food and water and living in a tent wears you down. But it`s better than living in fear at home, so I will stay in this camp until I die.”
Ramadhani, aged 26, has just been diagnosed with malaria at one of the three health posts MSF runs at Nyarugusu camp. He is one of the 6,802 people MSF treated for malaria in January in Nyarugusu.
“I`ve been sick since yesterday evening. I have a headache and nausea and feel very cold. I can`t stop shivering and shaking. I came to the MSF clinic today and the doctor here tested my blood and then told me I have malaria. I`m waiting to receive some medicine that will help me get better. I have a mosquito net in my tent in the camp and although I use it, I still got sick. I don`t know how I got ill.
I`ve been living here for six months with my wife and two children, who are aged four and five. My wife is four months pregnant but has been having stomach pains so she was taken to the camp hospital. She`s there now and I`m waiting to hear how she is. I`m really worried about her and our baby.
I have spent most of my life as a refugee. I grew up in another camp in Tanzania after my parents and I were forced to flee our country. I`m still not used to the conditions though and life here is difficult. Refugees never have a good life - it`s a struggle to get enough food and water and living in a tent wears you down. But it`s better than living in fear at home. I can`t and won`t go back home – I will stay in this camp until I die.”