16-year-old Somalia native boy, Fahal, finds his new home in Jakarta

CWS Indonesia | November 16, 2016


Fahal in Jarkata. Photo: CWS

The entire course of Fahal’s life changed in an afternoon.

He was playing football with friends at home in Somalia when a terrorist group – he still doesn’t know exactly who they were – attacked his village. His father and two brothers were killed and his mother was abducted. His uncle decided that Fahal must immediately flee from their country.

Fahal left Somalia in late 2015 with no idea where he was going. First it was Malaysia by plane, then Medan in Indonesia by boat, then Jakarta by bus. While Fahal did find refuge in Jakarta’s Somalian community, he had to move often since families weren’t able to support him for long. What they could share was information, which led Fahal to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to register as an asylum seeker. From there he was referred to CWS.

In October of 2016, Fahal moved into a new CWS group home with 35 other boys and young men – all refugees. Many of the others had also been homeless.

Today, Fahal is a cheerful and engaging teenager. Few who meet him can imagine the horrors he went through before arriving in the relative safety of the CWS home in Jakarta.

Thanks to your support, Fahal has a home for the holidays.

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