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Apr 21, 2015

What it takes to survive as an orphan in a Congolese refugee camp

Small business and entrepreneurship is seen by many as a ticket out of abject poverty. But it's not always that easy. Freelance journalist and PhD candidate Chrisanthi Giotis reports.

Furaha is 15 years old. When asked the worst thing about living in a refugee camp on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo she, like everyone else, answers “the hunger”. But then, in a self-conscious gesture reminiscent of so many 15-year-olds, she plucks at her old, ill-fitting T-shirt and says, “also I miss having nice clothes”.

Furaha is an orphan, war survivor, hardheaded, no-nonsense entrepreneur and average teenager.

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