Name: Wilson Inácio
Age: 14 years old
Location: Milange, Zambézia, Mozambique
Wilson is like the little brother that you joke around, hang out, and walk around town with; he is the kid that obviously wants to be like the “cool older kids” but is not annoying about it. He is the kid everyone likes to have around. From practicing English, goofing off in the yard, to walking around town, we make quite a pair on the compound.
Standing at four foot eleven, almost 1.5 m, Wilson is quite a site. It is easy to misjudge him with his grin and happy-go-lucky nature walking around town. The depth of emotion that he has experienced at such a young age is unmatched to many teenagers in the U.S. However with his smirk and goofy personality, Wilson takes on the mindset that everyday is a new day.
“What is your favorite part of Mozambique?”
I like Beira. I like it a lot because of the parties, and it is where I used to spend my vacation time.
“What are some things you would want Americans to know about Mozambique?”
I think the ethos of our country is naturally beautiful, and we have a favorable climate for everyone. It has some good tourist locations, culture, and tradition. Also, the food is very diverse but all delicious. We have wonderful people. Finally one last thing about Mozambique, once you get to know it you won’t want to go anywhere else.
“What are some things that you want the people to know about your life?”
I like the English language, American singers, and would like to get to know America. I really like to study and learn about new things. Oh yeah, also, I really like my friend Thomas.
“How many siblings do you have?”
“Where are your brothers?”
Two are in Beira, one is in Quamba, Niassa studying at UCM (Universidade Católica de Moçambique), the youngest is in 5th grade in Beira, and my other brother is here with me in 8th grade.
“Who do your brothers live with in Beira?”
“Why don’t you live in Beira also?”
Because I am studying in the secondary school here, and I am living here in the orphanage. When my uncle built his house, he did not build enough room for me and my brother, so we had to go somewhere else.
“Is you uncle the brother of your mom or dad?”
“What about your dad? What happened to him?”
He is living in my natural residence; he is still in Alto Molocue where I lived before this.
“After your mom died you had to leave Alto?”
Yeah, my father didn’t have the conditions for us to live with him; also, my parents were separated.
“When did your mom die?”
July of last year.
“What was the sickness that your mom had?”
I don’t know.
“After she died what happened?”
We lived alone for four months. It was just my brother, who is with me now, and my cousin.
“When do you arrive here in Milange?”
29 January 2015
“You said it is just your brother and you here, what happened to your cousin?”
He had to stay in Alto Molocue.
“Do you have to pay to live here [the orphanage]?”
“Oh, your uncle paid?”
Yes. He is paying for my brother and me.
“Do you have any other family here?
Yes. I have a uncle that is living here in the Milange, and he is a professor at the secondary school. I think he might be one of your colleges.
“What do you want to do after you graduate?”
I want to live with my brother and go to a university. It doesn’t matter where, it will depend, but as long as we are together, everything will be fine.
“What is your dream? If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?”
I don’t have one in particular; I can think of a lot of different things. However, I would like to study to help my family.
“If you were given $1,000,000, what would you do?”
I would protect my family. My family is the most important thing for me, and we have been through a lot. It would be nice to not have to worry about anything.
Wilson is a resilient kid that doesn’t let the past hold him back. When Wilson first told me about his family history, the tears were being held back by a barricade of strength; I could tell that they were there, and he didn’t want to let himself cry. Even as a fresh wound, he wanted to keep talking about it even though it effected him; I offered to switch subjects many times.
Wilson understands that this history will always be a part of him, and he wants to do his best to remember the beautiful moments while not letting it hold him back from any plans he has the future. This boy has gone through a lot, but he does not let it define him. He, like many other people I have met in Mozambique, are tough and persevere through anything.
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