Hand in Hand

By Sadock Mahuku

A sea of tents, awash in clouds of desert dust, populated by people that were adrift too, like ships searching for shores.

In the midst of the chaos, two young people met in a food line. She was desperate and frail, what could he do but offer his bread to her? She took it, smiling gracefully.

They started talking about their lives, their hopes, their dreams. They had a lot in common, despite their different backgrounds.

They fell in love quickly, and their love became a beacon of hope in a world full of darkness.

He came from a small town, and she was from a big city. He was studying to become a doctor; she was a talented artist. They came from different worlds but found solace in each other’s company. Her eyes were like the morning sun, and his heart was full of love and fun.

As they volunteered together, bringing hope to the forlorn, their hearts began to flutter, and the love in their souls grew. They walked through the camp, hand in hand, heart to heart.

They danced beneath the stars, their hearts beating as one. Their love was a healing balm in the face of all that was gone.

Like the beat of a drum, days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months. Their love grew stronger and stronger, and they dreamed of a home filled with love, a place where they could be free. A place where they could live and love, without anybody asking them why. They talked about the life they would have, and how they’d raise beautiful children together.

Their love was a story so pure, a tale of two young youths who found love in a refugee camp and made their dreams come true.

They spent every day together, but their love was not without its challenges. The camp was a dangerous place, full of violence and crime. They were in danger constantly, but their love for each other kept them going.

One day, he was attacked, beaten and left for dead. She took him to the hospital. He was lucky to be alive. They knew that they could not stay in the camp, not if they wanted to live a normal life, so they decided to leave the camp.

They found a way to get to America, where they started a new life together. A new country, with new opportunities.

They got married and had children, and lived a long and happy life, for their love never wavered. It was a love that was meant to be.

Their story reminds us that even in the darkest of times, love can still be found. Love is a light that can guide us, through the darkness, to a better future.

16 May, 2023