Submitted by: Josh Ruben (video), Maggie Wolfe Miller (copy)
It’s a painful story, yet one reflective of the strength of this man. A story which challenges each of us in our own humanity. A story of overcoming, of endurance, of rising from tragedy. Few of us can imagine the horror of being a child soldier. Of witnessing the brutal slaughter of our family. Witnessing the utter contempt for human life. Of being utterly alone in a sea of fleeing refugees. And then forced to serve those who were the cause of this tragedy.
Too young to carry a gun, yet old enough to carry supplies. Too young to survive alone. Yet survive he did. He may not know how old he is, but Mdalaga knows he has a clear calling on his life. He knows first-hand the terror, the degradation, the unimaginable. Overcoming vast gaps in his schooling and a persistent lack of financing, Mdalaga has persevered and is hoping to further his education. A modern-day phoenix rising from the ashes, Mdalaga has emerged from a catastrophe stronger, smarter, and determined to bring good from this tragedy.
His story inspires, provokes, and prompts us to re-examine our own lives, motivating us to share our own stories for the greater good of those around us.
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I’m a lover of words, of mentoring, networking, and helping my fellow man to ‘learn to fish’. Driven by a hunger to never stop learning, I have a passion for adventure and travel, sundowners and laughter with good friends. At the end of the day what brings great delight to my life are my young adult sons.
Quote: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela