Strange that a name should take away from me
My past, my personality and hope
Strange refuge this.
So many seem to share this name - refugee
Yet we share so many differences.
I find no comfort in my new name
I long to share my past, restore my pride,
To show, I too, in time, will offer more
Than I have borrowed.
For now the comfort that I seek
Resides in the old yet new name
I would choose - friend.
By Ruvimbo Bungwe
From Credit to the Nation,
The Refugee Council, 2002