You are a high-school boy named Idrissa. You and your 3-year-old brother live with your parents a small room of your family’s compound in Ouagadougou, the capital city of the small West African nation of Burkina Faso. It’s not much, but it’s home. Lots of cousins are always screaming through the house, and there’s always aunts to keep you in line when your mother is working. Your father has a small dry-goods shop that your mother helps out in. Business isn’t booming, but you’re getting by. Your parents have been able to send you to school. They hope that you might become a doctor one day.
Last week, though, you were rudely awakened. Your grandmother started banging on your door, telling you to wake up. As you slid out of bed to put on your flip-flops on, your feet plunged into 6 inches of cold, reddish water. Your family’s room was flooded, and outside, driving curtains of rain were eating away at your mud house.
Your mom gave you a broom, and the whole family started sweeping the rain out. But you couldn’t compete with Mother Nature, who was giving you all she had. Finally, with the help of your family and neighbors, you were able to make it to the safety of the Nimnin Primary School.
It’s now 5 days later. Your parents have lost everything -- their house, your father’s store, all of his goods and all of their money. Your parents want to rebuild, but not here. They are planning to move in with some distant relatives in Bobo-Dioulasso, 350 km (about 220 miles) from the capital.
Your school was fortunate enough to be spared in the flood. Although it is housing about 1,000 flooded out people, they plan on re-starting classes soon, and you would like to continue your education with your friends. Your uncle, who is a teacher at the school, has offered to watch over you, but you would miss your parents and your brother.
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