One Teen's Journey From Refugee Camp to US School Principal

One Teen's Journey From Refugee Camp to US School Principal
One Teen's Journey From Refugee Camp to US School Principal. Photo & picture credit: APO Group


NEW YORK, United States of America, January 11, 2019/ -- 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, Mr. Bahige shared the fascinating story of how he went from a child aspiring to become a doctor in the DRC, to an elementary school principal in Wyoming with a wife and two children of his own. 

“All refugees are asking for is an opportunity,” he said.