I've been living alone for ten years now and I believe this is Allah's challenge for me. How long can I survive living alone. When I was younger, I wanted to have a family, but, as much as I tried it never happened. So I dedicated my life to my career. I was a police who served the mobile patrol group for twenty years. I started receiving my pension nine years ago. Have you been to Agdao? You see, that place was different before - every fifteen minutes there would be a shooting. Thanks be to Allah that I have never encountered the shooter at the crime scene. I’m not sure what I might do. I don't despise Allah for this fate, instead I am thankful. I am thankful that my only problem now is fixing my roof without bothering other people. Having a family would mean I have more to think about. I am happy.

- Carlos Gempesaw

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