Loss in the mountains

Several women are here reminiscing over the adventures, frights, and sorrows of their flight through the Ethiopian mountains when the Assosa refugee camp was sacked in 1990. They describe the guns and the rocket-propelled grenades going over their heads and exploding in the grass ahead of them. The relative ‘safe haven’ of the Bonga refugee scheme, established in 1993, provided temporary relief and a kind of euphoria as they recall the pushing, shoving, falling over, dropping their headbaskets and general terror of those days - here turned into hilarious anecdote and helpless laughter. They also sadly remember the children who were left behind, even dropped and falling down gullies as they had to go on (War and Survival, p. 198).