Humans of Scalabrini

Jean Noel

I was born in a village in Senegal. It’s a big village and I grew up there on a farm.

When I was 16 years old I told my parents that I wanted to go to the big city, Dakar. My parents asked me what I wanted to do there and I told them that I will look for a job. They allowed me to go but asked me to come back when the rain season starts.

When I got to Dakar I found a job. My boss was a woman and she liked me so much, she treated me like her son. She didn’t want me to go back when the rain season started. She said: “Please, my son, I don’t want you to go back to the village, I want you to help me!” I answered: “Aunty, I want to go back because my parents asked me to, I have to go and help them”.

The time I was ready to go she went to the supermarket and bought me many things. When I returned home both my parents were happy and surprised. I said to them that my boss told me to come back and my parents said I should go back to her because she is a good person.

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