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Kamil was seven years old when the war broke out in Somalia in 1991. The violence was pervasive. One evening, Kamil watched as his father slipped out of the home to gather food and supplies at the family store. It was the last time Kamil would see his father alive. Learn about Kamil's journey to freedom here.
The Chance to Heal
None of the children remember the details of what happened that night. It was dark, there was loud banging at the door and they were frightened. There was shouting when the door crashed open and men with guns stormed into house. Rosario remembers someone saying, "Not the children," but it wasn't her mother, Cecilia. They were hustled together, thrown into a dark bedroom and the door was locked. There was more shouting, their mother crying, begging for her life. Then gunfire, lots of gunfire, then silence. Rosario's story is continued here.