Fifi was born in Goma, a border city which has seen much violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One night, her family was attacked by rebels who killed her father and raped her mother and older sister. Fleeing to neighboring Rwanda, they hid in the forest for about a week, subsequently making their way to Kenya where they registered with UN refugee services in Nairobi.
At 17 years old, Fifi met a woman who offered her a job in Mombasa, but there she was sexually assaulted by the woman’s husband and sent to live in an unsafe area where she was again attacked.
With no money and no way to contact her mother, Fifi slept on the streets for three days until she met a kind woman named Salma who took her in to take care of her disabled son. That’s when Fifi discovered she was pregnant. After giving birth to a daughter, Salma arranged for Fifi to return home to her mother.
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