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One teen's journey from refugee camp to US school principal
United Nations, Jan. 11 -- After escaping from two years of captivity at the hands of Mai Mai rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Bertine Bahige was relieved to end up in a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) camp, in faraway Mozambique.
He'd been forcibly taken from his family at 13, and thrown into the horrifying world of being a child soldier, before escaping his captors.
In 2004, he was one of the lucky ones to be resettled in Maryland, United States, where he landed a job taking out the trash at a fast-food restaurant. Eventually, his hard work, intelligence and enduring optimism landed him a university scholarship - way out in the Rocky Mountains.
Speaking at the UN last year in support of the Global Compact on Refugees, M...
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