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Faith: Once a slave of war, now a leader for peace

Faith – forced into slavery

One day when I was 13 years old, I was home with my parents and my six younger siblings when a rebel military group attacked our village, abducted me, and took me to the bush. I was exposed to so much violence and made to be their slave. I was traumatized.

 

Escape & Relocation

Sometimes I would think of my family and hope and pray to one day meet them again. One day the suffering was too much to handle, and I ran away to look for my family. By the grace of God, I found them!

But because of the dangers in my village, our family left for Goma. Living in the capital city was not easy. It was too expensive to live, and we had so little. But one day my uncle told us about a place that was caring for children affected by war, so he brought me to this place – Exile International.

 

Healing inner wounds of war

I went through Exile’s art-focused trauma healing programs which gave me peace and helped me to develop leadership skills. These programs were so helpful in healing my inner wounds. I am now able to forgive, to love, and provide peace to others around me. I love to sing during worship, and I am training to be a tailor which will give me useful skills for the future. 

“I have hope for a bright future! I thank God for Exile International and the love and care they brought to me.” 

 

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