Bertine Bahige sees his mother and father for the last time
A fisherman allows Bertine to cross the lake with out paying
Bertine fanits by the side of a tree
Bertine lived in the DCR [Dominican Republic of Congo] with his family until a rebel group, Mia Mia, stormed his village in search of new recruits. They captured him and took him to a work camp and he stayed there for two years.
Bertine wakes up in a UN camp in Canada
Bertine ran away because the rebel group and hid in the woods. After a while, he thought it was safe and traveled thousands of kilometers and crossed Lake Tanganyika and a fisherman allowed him to cross on his boat for free. Bertine recalls hiding under fish and only eating the fish around him for three days. He said it was his first gourmet meal.
Bertine is working at a Burger King
After traveling over the lake for three days Bertine faints by the side of a tree.
Principle Bahige is visiting a class
Bertine woke up in a tent with two doctors that were speaking a language he couldn´t understand.
Bertine got on a plane and flew to Baltimore, Maryland and when stepped off the plane and looked at the skyscrapers he knew he was free. He started working at the fast food restaurant, Burger King.
Bertine took his school work and studying very seriously and got to go to a university in Wyoming. That is where he met his wife. He now is a principal at an elementary school in Gillette, Wyoming. He now lives with his wife and son and daughter.