Saturday, November 13, 2010
Five years ago Dickenson left us after six years as a child of Espwa. He liked life on the edge and was always in some sort of trouble. School was not his favorite thing nor was following the rules. Dickenson went to PaP and worked at odd jobs. Just over a year ago he moved to the Dominican Republic (illegally) and worked as a plumber's apprentice. A year ago he was in the wrong place at the wrong time-- a friend's girlfriend was looking to get even with him and Dickenson ended up as her victim. She threw acid on him as he opened the door to where he and her boyfriend lived. The acid was meant for the boyfriend. Dickenson spent five months in the hospital and another six months in therapy. He had multiple grafts and says he is all right now. Thank God he was not in Haiti for this tragedy as he would not have survived. The Immigration Office of the Dominican Republic sent him home to Haiti but he has nowhere to go. We will figure something out for him. We gave him money to buy some food to carry him over to Monday. Just before leaving he said "I knew you would help. You will always be my dad." He's all of 21 years old.