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NICHOLAS MERCER: Jules Ohelo’s story got me thinking about what exactly immigrants go through

Jules Ohelo (centre) had the opportunity to catch up with some of his lost family members on a recent trip to Africa. Shown here with Ohelo are his cousin Mr. Katambo (left) and grandfather Mr. Njoka.
Jules Ohelo (centre) had the opportunity to catch up with some of his lost family members on a recent trip to Africa. Shown here with Ohelo are his cousin Mr. Katambo (left) and grandfather Mr. Njoka. - Contributed

In 2018, The story of former Deer Lake resident Jules Ohelo and his return to Africa after 20 years was my favourite story from 2018. When Jules was 14, he and his family fled from what was then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to escape the violence that was happening there.

They walked for weeks with little to eat to reach Malawi and a refugee camp there. I can’t imagine having to do that when I was 14.

It got me thinking about what exactly immigrants go through when they are forced to re-locate to another country.

They’re leaving their home for Canada or anywhere else in the world for a better life.

All I wanted at 14 was a better pair of hockey skates.

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