At the age of 28, Safari was forced to flee his home in the Congo after war broke out. Safari’s parents were killed, and guerilla soldiers abducted him. He was held hostage in the forest for many long days before government forces rescued him. After his rescue, he fled to Uganda to lead a more stable life. Alongside his wife and children, Safari made the long journey to reach safety in Uganda.
Resettling from Congo
In Uganda, the family spent 19 years moving from one refugee camp to another in constant fear for their safety. In Congo, Safari had been a practicing nurse with twenty years’ experience. Upon arriving in San Diego, Safari knew his career would have to start over.
Before Safari learned of Nile Sisters, his family was living on the economic fringe. But within a month of completing certified nursing assistant vocational training, Safari passed the California licensing exam. He expresses his appreciation to Nile Sisters for the support and renewed hope the organization has given him to pursue his dreams of becoming a practicing nurse again. Although he still faces language and acculturation barriers in his new home, Safari is positive that he will overcome them and succeed. Safari says that Nile Sisters not only helped him, but they also will help him to help the community in which he now lives.
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