In August 2016, I left the refugee camp. It’s still incredible for me to say that because it’s so surreal. Do you remember when I told you about that one evening in the bar at the camp – when my teacher caught me in there and scolded me for giving the impression, I was throwing my life away? I am not sure if I explained that evening well enough for you to understand how much sorrow I was filled with at that time. Because, when I watched that fuzzy soccer game, I was hopeless. I thought the farthest I would ever get would be stocking my uncles’ grocery shelves with items I could barely afford to buy myself. he opportunity to study in Canada changed my life forever and in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined. Sponsored by Huron University, I arrived in Canada in 2016, to pursue a degree in Global Studies. Four years later, I graduated with an Honours Specialization and a wealth of experiences beyond my wildest dreams.
Published by Gabriel Ndayishimiye
Gabriel Ndayishimiye lives in London, Ontario. He is a writer with a passion to contribute to Black history and literature; and the author of “Run Elvin” (forthcoming), a memoir written for youth from marginalized backgrounds. This book tells Gabriel’s academic/life experiences from refugee camps in East and Southern Africa and now from the metropolis of the western world. The story aims to inspire and motivate such demographic of youth to take up given opportunities to be creative, achieve success, and develop resilience to fight the challenges of life. View more posts