Your family is able to scrape together enough money for a one-way train passage, but you have nothing more than a few crackers for the trip. You arrive at the railway station in Bobo-Dioulasso tired and famished.
You are shocked when you arrive in the crowded shack where your relatives live in the slums of old Bobo. Dinner that night consists of tree leaves, doused with a wood ash liquid to kill the bitterness.
Your relatives tell your parents that there is a secondary school where you can finish high school. There is no charge for public education in Burkina Faso, but school fees and equipment can add up quickly. Without work, it’s unlikely that you can afford it.
Your parents insist that your education is crucial, especially since you are so close to graduation, but you wonder if taking some time off and getting a job will help your family more.