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Posted on April 7, 2017
Adanech came to Addis with her father hoping for a better life. Before, she used to live with her poor mother in Itaya. But she did not get the kind of life she had hoped for. Although her father could provide for her needs better than her mother, Adanech preferred to run away and go back to her mother. That is because she was not being treated like a child in her father’s home. The mother was very happy and thankful to get her child back. She had lost all hope in finding her beloved child and was planning to commit suicide the very day she heard the good news of her child.
Posted on April 7, 2017
Yalew was referred to NOLM because of Child exploitation. From the beginning, he was forced to leave his mother because of a tradition. Because his father killed a villager on a fight and was put in jail, his family was scared that the victim’s family will come against them for revenge and kill at least one of the sons of the attacker(Yalew’s father). This is an old tradition in the area and therefore Yalew’s mother, fearing for her son’s life sent both of her sons away, to seek refuge at a relative’s house. Yalew’s mother was happy to see him but was still scared for his life and chose to send him off to another relative’s house far away from the village.
Posted on April 7, 2017
Hikma’s reunion was one of the amazing reunions in NOLM history. Her father and the whole neighbors could not believe their eyes when they saw Hikma again. They did not know how to respond or to express their joy. They were kissing the child, NOLM team members, the ground and praising God and crying. The father was in Addis Ababa twice to look for his missing daughter. The story of how she ended up at NOLM was incorrect. Of course it was her father who brought her to Addis. But she has been working as a housemaid for the last two years. The father and everybody in the area was thankful for NOLM. The father does not lack financial ability to take care of his child.
Posted on April 7, 2017
Worknesh was telling a made up story of her arrival to Addis all along. It is not her first time running away. This time, she came to visit her brother and wanted to get a job as a housemaid but couldn’t find anyone interested to employ her. Because her parents are split up, she was reunified with her grandmother, who was the only person happy to see her comeback. Others are tired of her repeated action of running away. We hope the lessons she has got at NOLM will help her to stick to her grand mom this time.
Posted on April 7, 2017
It was a made up story that Atinaf was telling us this whole time about how she ended up in Addis. The truth is, she run away from her parents hoping to find a neighbor’s daughter living in Addis. Atinaf did visit this woman with her mother some months ago and wanted to live there with her. But her parents did not allow it. Atinaf was not happy with the reunion but her mother and neighbors were very happy and thankful to NOLM. At least she learnt a lesson and hopefully will not try to run away in the future.
Posted on March 15, 2017
Yonas is from Addis Ababa. He reported to the police that he was lost but we learnt from his mother that he deliberately runaway. His parents are divorced and he was living with his mother. His mother was furious with him and expressed her frustration towards his bad behavior. She admitted that she had beaten him, the day that he runaway and promised to express her anger in other ways after a discussion with our team. Both his mother and father were looking for him.
Posted on March 15, 2017
Desalegn ended up at Addis Ababa unexpectedly. He was going to a shop to buy cooking oil when he meet with friends who were on their way to Addis Ababa. He joined them and arrived in Addis the same afternoon. Once they arrived at Addis, all of them had a place to go except Desalegn. That was why he asked for a policeman’s help and was then referred to the Emmanuel House. It didn’t take long for Desalegn to regret his decision. His mother was relifed to learn from the police that the boy was safe. They were both thankful for NOLM’s temporary service.
Posted on March 15, 2017
Hayat used to work as a housemaid for different families in Addis because her father wanted her to work and earn money. Nonetheless, her whole family was very sorry to learn that she run away from her employer’s. her father was in Addis for a week, to look for her but went back home without any good news. Because they have a decent life and a stable economy, we had to talk to her father about sending a minor out for work. After learning that it is illegal to have done that, her father agreed to take care of Hayat himself.
Posted on March 15, 2017
It was Yohannes’ mother who sent him to Addis with a neighbor so that he would live with her and go to school. He run away because the woman refused to let him attend school and instead made him do a lot of work. His parents and neighbors, who had talked to the lady on the day of Yohannes’ arrival (she told them he was ok) were very surprised to see him at their door, with strangers. Everyone was happy and pleased that Yohannes was safely back home and extended their gratitude for NOLM’s services.
Posted on March 15, 2017
The story that Daniel told us about how he was separated from his aunt was made up. The truth is that he run away deliberately because his aunt mistreated and abused him. When he arrived to his hometown with our team, he became a completely different person. He was so happy that he was laughing, crying calling his parents and at the same time, was lost for words. The same was true for his mother and siblings. Everyone kept crying and hugging the boy. Coincidently, Daniel’s father was in Addis to look for him and all both of them could do when we connected them through the phone was cry loud. Thank God for such an awesome reunion.

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