A Refugee No More: Oscar of Uganda

03/24/14

"Refugee!"

 
That was what kids used to call Oscar. He wasn't really a refugee—his mother was from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and had come to Uganda with Oscar's father, a soldier who had promised to marry her. When Oscar's father left her, she brought her son to his great-aunt's home and fled, never to be seen again. 
 
Oscar wasn't really a refugee, but kids called him one because he was orphaned
  Oscar wasn't really a refugee, but kids called him one because he was orphaned and his mother was a foreigner.
 
From that day on, Oscar had to fight for anything he needed—clothes, food, even a place to sleep at night. His great-aunt relied on donations from other family members to feed the children in her care, and Oscar was always last in line.
 
Oscar remembers sitting out by the fire late at night, waiting for his aunt to bring leftovers so his great-aunt and cousins could eat. "Sometimes, she would come very late, and I would already be asleep," Oscar explains, "And my aunt would not serve me my share." 
 
There were just too many needs in his great-aunt's home, and no one to stand up for Oscar to make sure he got food and shelter. "My mother was no longer around to defend me," Oscar explains. "When my great-aunt wasn't around, I would spend the night outside. The grandkids in her home would not let me sleep with them because I am a refugee." 
 
Oscar was sleeping on the street and often only got one meal a day. Finally, his great-aunt went to Children of the Nations in desperation and asked if he could live in our full-care home
 
Oscar (bottom right) was welcomed and accepted like family when he came to COTN
      Oscar (bottom right) was welcomed and accepted like family when he came to COTN's full care homes. 
 
Because of your support, and the care and sacrifice of his sponsors, Oscar now lives with thirteen other boys in one of COTN's Children's Homes in Uganda. "I am no longer called a refugee, but I am loved like any other child in the home," Oscar says. Oscar loves his house mother, Mommy Sarah, because he says, "she really cares about me." Now Oscar's dream is to one day build a children's home of his own, to help others, the way you have helped him. 
 
Oscar pumps water in front of his home in the Children's Village
                                   Oscar pumps water in front of his home in the Children's Village. 
 
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Tell Oscar that he has a new home because
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