It Was a Long and Difficult Journey … I Feel Much Safer Now

CWS Indonesia | May 7, 2017

Aziz practicing yoga. Photo: CWS

Aziz* is from Afgooye in Somalia, and his story echoes that of many other boys who flee their country to get away from a militia trying to make them join their ranks. Also, like many others, after a long journey through Malaysia, he arrived alone in Indonesia and found his way to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to seek asylum. Now, a few months after his arrival in late 2016, 16-year-old Aziz lives with 39 other boys from Somalia and Afghanistan in a CWS-supported and US State Department-funded group home in Jakarta. “It was a long and difficult journey and I was really scared when I reached Indonesia. I’m so glad UNHCR connected me to CWS, and I enjoy living in the stable place with classes and sports activities. I exercise every morning together with my friends and even some CWS staff; and I really enjoy the yoga class. I feel much safer now – and the Social Workers are like parents to me.” Again, echoing hundreds of other young men in Jakarta, Aziz shared this simple sentiment with us, “Having a safe home like this really helps young refugees like me.”

*name changed for requested anonymity. This is the 7th in a series of refugee profiles recently posted to

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