Rwandan Boy Finds Hope and Joy In God After Struggling to Survive on the Streets and Imprisonment

Pacifique Niyitanga
Pacifique Niyitanga

Not too long ago, Pacifique Niyitanga was roaming the streets of Rwanda, doing almost anything to survive. He has memories of a past filled with uncertainty.

But that was the past.

“You are Precious” is the tune Pacifique and two other former street boys are singing to God today. They have hope and joy they didn’t know existed when they survived on the streets.

Pacifique never knew his father and he lost his mother when he was only 3 years old. With no one to care for him, and no opportunity to go to school, he started working at a very young age.

By the time he was 8-years-old, he was on the streets of Kigali stealing in order to get food to survive. At that young age, he was looking for ways deal with his physical and emotional hunger. He thought drugs might be the answer.

“I took the drugs to make me free from the sadness,” he said.

Pacifique got arrested and put in prison when he was only 8 years old. In prison, he was beaten and often went days without food.

He eventually escaped and went back to live on the streets, without much hope for a future.

Until Hope for Life Ministry went to the market where Pacifique spent most of his time. The ministry was there to rescue street kids.

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Maira Alejandra

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