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Finding a Place to Belong: Bella’s Story


“But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” Genesis 39:21

This is Bella. She is the youngest of 10 children. When the war erupted, Bella’s whole village had to flee to the bush for safety. Later, they were able to relocate to a displacement camp, but life was very difficult there.

While in the displacement camp, Bella’s mother became gravely ill and passed away. Soon after, Bella’s father was also lost to the war. She was only four years old.

Eventually, a kind neighbor connected Bella and her siblings to Exile International’s Trauma Healing Center in Congo.

Through love, care, and affection, our local staff began to see a change in Bella. She went from being angry and violent most of the time, to a happy and playful little girl that enjoys spending time with others. Exile International gave her a sense of belonging and a family that surrounded her with a lot of love, joy, and laughter. Bella loves to draw, color, and read the bible. Her favorite story of the Bible is Joseph’s story..




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