A subsistence farmer in Burundi has received global recognition after offering to donate 100Kg of maize to Ukrainian refugees.
Adrien Nimpagaritse who is former refugees says he is doing so out of clean heart.
“As a former refugee myself, I thought of offering some help. I am a peasant farmer, I don’t have much to give but I have a loving heart,” he told BBC NEWS.
Adrien escaped to fled to Tanzania in 1996 at the age of four after ethnic violence escalated in Burundi. He returned back to his country in 2007 and became a peasant farmer.
Adrian now says he know what violence looks like.
“I saw what being a refugee is like – we could hardly find anything to eat,” he said, “If somebody, a neighbor, offered you just a cassava leaf and water you’d greatly appreciate it.”
“As a former refugee myself, I thought of offering some help. I am a peasant farmer, I don’t have much to give but I have a loving heart.”
The 30 years old father of three says he was greatly moved by pictures of violence in Ukraine.
“Looking at the pictures, I saw women and children dying. I don’t have a voice to contribute in bringing solution to the conflict, but I can donate some of what I have cultivated as a token of love,” he added.
The farmer who has offered to donate 100Kg of maize to Ukrainian refugees is now appealing other well-wishers to join hands.