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 andContinue reading “way back”

The WUSC head office, in Ottawa, responds

The letters were delivered and the application dropped off, so now, I would wait to see if the lady of fortune would choose to be cruel or kind. I know I’ve already talked to you about patience, my son, but let me tell you, the more you want something, the slower the moments drag by.Continue reading “The WUSC head office, in Ottawa, responds”

hand it in through the Camp Administrators office???

With each of the letters signed, sealed and, God willing, delivered, it was time to turn my attention to ensuring my application was received. I knew that I could hand it in through the Camp Administrators office, but when you are raised in a place where faith can, at times, be as scarce as theContinue reading “hand it in through the Camp Administrators office???”

getting to the promised land

My colleagues and I worked tirelessly to plead our case within a letter we hoped would move the hearts of the people who would determine whether or not I would get to see the promised land of Canada. Four letters were addressed to the WUSC head office in Ottawa; another went to the UNHCR MalawiContinue reading “getting to the promised land”

to the past and the far-off future

I am writing this book, looking all around me – to the past and the far-off future, influenced by my current circumstances, memories and yet unrealized plans for tomorrow. As I type this, I have no idea what kind of boy – or man – I am writing to. I don’t know who you, myContinue reading “to the past and the far-off future”


The school years I had so earnestly coveted came to an end. As soon as graduation was over, I realized I had been irrevocably torn from the place that had nurtured my mind and character for the past several years. No longer would I be permitted time to grow within the safe haven that transformedContinue reading “Changes”