“This was once a safe place to be, but the crisis made people become really violent.”
Maverick comes from a village in Arawa where people still carry guns, and fighting is a common occurrence. When his parents couldn’t afford the fees for him to attend nursing college, and told him to drop out, Maverick believed that violence was an easy solution.
“I was frustrated. I wanted to take one of those guns and go home with it to make my parents pay. I wanted to knock my brother down and stab him with a knife.”
A well-placed family friend intervened, encouraging Maverick to be patient and to think of his future. In a gesture of goodwill, she paid for his school fees.
Today Maverick’s in his second year of nursing, where Plan International’s health workers are supporting the next generation of local health professionals. They offer counselling to students – a vital service as they grow up amidst the legacy of conflict - and teach them about sexual reproductive health.
“As a male nurse, I’ll be able to educate men about the issues women face here. It’s essential information,”