First things first we called my amazing friend Awad to help us do a bit of translating.
Awad explained to him that he was safe now.
Awad told him that he needn’t feel alone any more, as we are here and ready to become his English family.
We are here for anything he needs, here to listen, to support him and to love him every step of the way. That he can feel at home now, he can relax and he can breathe for the first time in a very long time.
Meanwhile my mum was doing some googling and set about making a Sudanese stew. We had dinner together while he slowly acclimatised to his new surroundings, his new feelings and emotions…his new life.
I can’t even explain the love I feel for him as I write this.
He is open and willing to take things in and learn. He copied us as we ate with a knife and fork and slowly and meticulously wrote down the names of each family member including the cats.
My heart burst as my other foster brother Mez gave him his old phone and helped him set it up, and we used it to map his journey from Sudan – which has taken him nearly a year.