Age 15, female
Katsina State, Kankara LGA
Date of coming: August 2014

Hahanasu’s parents were Christians when she was a small child but after the death of her father her mother was forced to convert to Islam with her children, and was given to a new husband. Yahanasu was taken to her grandmother’s, where things were very tough: she was selling salt and stock cubes on the street to make enough to eat. Because of the hardship she ran to her married sister. Here a relative of her sister’s husband took pity on Yahanasu, and decided to take her along with her on her journey to Kaduna.

When she knew the relative was about to go back to Katsina, Yahanasu lost hope because she knew she was going back to Islam and she did not want that. A sister of the relative and the relative who took Yahanasu to Kaduna talked the situation over and asked Yahanasu if she would like to come to school in Jos with Christians. Yahanasu was very happy.

For the last school year, since coming to CFI, Yahanasu was in class with 4 year olds as she did not know English or how to write anything or even count in English but has remained very very happy and is learning fast.