|Samuel Dean Jr. (Facebook Photo)|
I did not know Samuel before the November 28th incident; we were both victims of a brutal circumstance, and it was that event that brought us together. I too was shot on that day. Unlike others, I was blessed to have my twin brother around who rescued me. Luckily for us, he found an abandoned wheelbarrow or “push-push” as it is called in the Ivory Coast and loaded me into it.
|Samuel on the beach in Liberia|
Sensing the severity of his injury, my brother immediately asked her to put him beside me in the wheelbarrow. ---And wheeled both of us to the only hospital in town. Upon our arrival at the hospital, we were rushed into a makeshift emergency room where we received first aid. After the treatment, we were placed on two beds lying on the floor of an abandoned ward.
That night, I listened to little Samuel Dean Jr. talked and cried until the morning. His little voice echoed through the room, “UNCLE, YOU SEE I AM STRONG”, “UNCLE, I WILL NOT DIE” “UNCLE I AM STRONG”, “UNCLE, I WILL NOT DIE”, “I AM STRONG UNCLE”… It has been more than a decade, and his little voice still echoes in my ears.
Unfortunately, Samuel was not as lucky as me. He lost his leg when he arrived in Liberia. During our chat on Thursday, he told me, “I am grown now. I do not even think that I am disabled”… “I am dropping off those bad memories.” Samuel Dean Jr. is my hero. He is currently in Liberia.
Story by: Al-Hussein Youjay Fadiga
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