Change the Story: Refugees and Migrants Speak Against GBV

Change the Story: Refugees and Migrants Speak Against GBV

This 3-part series of short radio dramas highlights factors that make refugees and migrant communities vulnerable to sexual violence, as well as the challenges they face when attempting to access care and treatment services.

South Africa’s Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs), together with Community Media for Development (CMFD), worked with 20 refugees, migrants and South African nationals to produce these mini-dramas. Their synopses are as follows:

‘Leaving Home: Facing Sexual Harassment’ – Chipo leaves home for a neighbouring country to make money to send to her family back home. Unfortunately, her boss takes advantage of her. With no one else to turn to, she gets information from a neighbour about a nearby TCC.

‘I have the right: Reporting a Case’ – Lerato and Ellen are assaulted by their husbands, but find the police are not only unhelpful, but xenophobic as well. After difficult journeys, they eventually find people who can help them.

‘Dangerous Borders: Vulnerable in Transit’ – Lisa is abused by a close family member, and flees to find a new life in South Africa. Her journey is arduous, and the psychological trauma from it lingers long after the bruises have healed.

(adapted from source)

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