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06/08/2023 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Nancy sat at her desk, clutching her pencil tightly. She couldn’t believe that she was starting junior secondary school today. It seemed like only yesterday that she was sitting in her hospital bed, recovering from the injuries she sustained during the terror attack that took her parents.

Right before Christmas 2021, when she was just 13 years old, she witnessed a radical Muslim suicide bomber murder her parents in the foyer of their home. Nancy survived the attack with serious injuries, losing three fingers on her right hand and sustaining deep cuts to her chest, back, and ear.

But as she looked around the classroom, she felt a sense of gratitude wash over her. She wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the support of the people who had been with her from that day.

She thought of the staff at the orphanage center who had taken her in when she had nowhere else to go. They had become her family and had given her the love and support she needed to heal.

International Christian Concern (ICC) has been with Nancy every step of the way, from first hearing about the tragedy to funding her education for a brighter future.

“You have been my best companions from the time I was going through treatment after the terror attack that left my two parents dead. You took up the duty of educating me in primary school, and you have not stopped doing this,” Nancy said in a recent visit. “Now you have supported me to begin my junior secondary school education. I am very happy about the commitment you have made to see me through my education. May the Lord bless you.”

As she looked around the classroom again, she knew that she had a bright future ahead of her. She knew that there would be challenges along the way, but she was confident that with the support of her companions, she would overcome them.

Nancy took a deep breath and began to write her first assignment. She knew that her parents would be proud of her and that their memory would live on through her education. And as she wrote, she whispered a prayer of gratitude for the people who had become her family and her best companions.

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