Annociate Nimpagaritse

Annociate is from the minority Tutsi ethnic group and was born in Bujumbura, the capital city.  She says that various family members were killed by Hutus in 1993. Annociate says that in 2004 a number of armed men, who she believes to have been from the FNL (Forces nationals de liberation), a Hutu rebel group, shot and killed her parents at the family home.  Annociate says that she and her siblings managed to escape from the house and fled to a refugee camp but she  became separated from them and does not know their whereabouts.  Annociate fled to the UK in 2005.

Annociate has been part of life in Sheffield as a member of St Marie’s Cathedral Church, and the choir, Ephaphatha. She suffers from post traumatic stress after her experiences in Burundi, but has slowly been recovering with support from her counsellor and friends. She has gradually been able to get involved in the charity ASSIST, helping destitute asylum seekers in Sheffield.

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