Moving to a new community, attending a new school, and making new friends can be daunting and stressful for any child. But when that child has already experienced significant trauma; when the move to a community means traveling halfway around the world; when new friends and teachers speak a different language, then the challenge of adapting can be overwhelming.
For Mustafa, a 6th grader originally from Somalia, the challenge of adapting to life in Boston was almost too much. Mustafa and his family were victims of Somalia’s civil war. In the chaos of violence and displacement, Mustafa was separated from his parents and placed with relatives he barely knew.
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