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The story behind those eyes.
 

This is Angelica, an orphan from Sofala province in central Mozambique. Angelica became a street kid at a very early age when her mother and father passed away.

While she lived on the streets, Angelica received unwanted attention because of the uniqueness of her eyes. Other children often shunned and ridiculed her, and she would receive undesired attention from the town drunkards. The town witch doctor wanted her, because he believed that the spirits of the land had chosen her to be his successor.

Our local pastor found Angelica and decided to adopt her into the children's center that he had established in that town. Angelica now smiles often and has many friends, and she is part of a family that loves her. She is excited to be able to go to school, which is something that she had never dreamed possible.