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She continued to talk about her third child who was born healthy but fled the country at the age of 5 with his aunt in order to stay safe from the genocide. Adelle’s fourth and final child was born and was troubled because he could not walk or crawl at all, even at the age of three. The fourth child eventually died yet once again it was unclear what the cause of death was. I find how she only mentioned that her family members died but didn’t involve the cause of death intriguing because the cause of death is usually an incredibly important thing. In Adelle’s story this was not the case. The most important part of the story in Adelle’s mind is coming up.
Once the genocide was over, she moved to Kigali. She believed that God’s plan was to send her there to work and live a better life. At this point I was confused on how she could still trust God after all that had happened to her, however, my thought was soon cleared up. Adelle believes that she is living the story of Job and it is imperative that no matter what happens, you must always stay loyal to God. I will also get back to this concept later in my blog. In Kigali, Adelle started working at the African Bagel Company, what is now J Lynn’s. One day a lady came up to her and told her how she believed that Adelle’s son was at an orphanage that she recently visited. Adelle was originally against the idea of visiting this boy, however, eventually she did. As it turns out, it was her only living son. She was able to tell this because he had the feet of his dad, the face of his uncle, and he had an “outie” for a belly button which made sure that it was Adelle’s son.
It took sixteen years for Adelle to finally reunite with the only direct family member she has. Her son even works at the bakery part-time now. This story was humbling to say the least. It made me realize how incredibly fortunate I am to have my family. I always know where they are. I am never afraid that they might get slaughtered by machetes. We always know where our next meal is coming from. I love my family very much and I don’t know how I could cope going through what Adelle did. Her story also gave me the realization that I should never give up hope and never doubt God, even when times are unimaginably tough.