When I was six years old, my parents didn’t have enough money to feed me, so they sold me to a restaurant in Nigeria to work. When I arrived at the restaurant, I became the owner’s property. I was a slave, and I was told every day that this was my destiny. I was always hungry, and they beat me every day. Each morning I would wake up and be the first person in the kitchen working, and I would work late into the night. I was always tired and afraid.

When I was nine years old, I was rescued from this restaurant and Orphan Relief and Rescue placed me in a foster home with a family who loves me and cares about me. When I first came to this home I was angry and afraid, but they are helping me by showing me love. I go to school, I have a tutor who is helping me catch up, and I am happy. When I worked in the restaurant I would watch other children running to school and I longed to join them and to be in a safe place. Now that I am free, my dream is being realized.