way back

But, way back then, there wasn’t enough time to mourn the loss of their opportunity; I had to prepare for the most important interviews of my life. Thanks to the JC: HEM, I was able to print my study resources for free, so I could read through each of the trickiest interview questions, over and over, until I started to run the risk of memorizing my answers and sounding like a robot, instead of a young man who wanted, so badly, to reach beyond the not-so-gilded cage of refugee life towards the very real, viable opportunity presented by a fresh start in a country where freedom is a right, not something. The night before I would meet my proverbial makers, I couldn’t sleep – all I could do was sweat, through my shirt and my sheets, until I was too hot, too cold and too wet to even consider resting my eyes. However, fortunately, your father’s sweating wasn’t for nothing.

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.

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