Mama Eugene

Meet Mama Ugene, Jolie 24, Emile 18, Freddy, Innocent 23, Kamariza 20, Jacqueline 11, They arrived here just 2 weeks ago from Africa, they lived in a refugee camp for 20 yrs most of the kids were born in the camp except Innocent who is in the center and Jolie standing with Mama, He told us they lived in Rwanda until they were run out because they did not look or speak like the other tribe there, Dad was killed after he left the camp to find a better life for his family. "Life is difficult for us" Innocent told me, he is now responsible for his family and it is his job to now care for his Mama and siblings. Innocent is what his African name sounds like in English, most of the kids come with new American names so they will fit in, they lose so much when they come, he says sometimes their entire identity. Innocent asked us if we have heard of New Hampshire Institute, he was able to complete the 1st year of business school in the camp and is very anxious to finish getting a degree in Business, My daughter Ariel and I were so amazed how polite and soft spoken they all were, I describe it almost like listening to a melody as they spoke, they were truly amazed we were only there to help their family, he asked for my number and address and told us he would love to come pay us a visit, and return the kindness I laughed and said I live far, but far to me is probably nothing compared to where his feet have walked, Innocent helped us translate just moments earlier in another home, this is how we found them. We were able to learn much about this family, daughter Jolie is very ill, and has a disease she has not yet been able to get medical help here and is in desperate need of assistance, she gets dizzy spells and cannot stand long, Innocent told us conditions in the camp were poor and lack of food and nutrition has made her sickness much worse. We told the girls we have a dance group and asked them if they love to dance, Kamariza squealed with excitement! she loves to dance and cannot wait to dance with the other girls. as we prepared to leave they told us they must escort us to our cars, Innocent told us they always escort the women in the camp to keep them safe, they bid us a safe journey and waved us all the way out the gate, this was a very humbling and testimony building experience for us yesterday, no matter the trials, no matter the journey, love is what matters, Just Love!

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