Living a resilient life: The Ana Paula Carvalho story

Ana Paula ’s parents had built a picture-perfect life for their family in Mozambique. They were hard-working entrepreneurs aiming to create a bright future for their young family. But when war erupted, their lives changed in an instant. Ana Paula ’s family lost everything—their businesses, their home, their possessions—and they had no choice but to quickly flee the country for Portugal.“I was five when it happened and I still remember the chaos at the airport,” says Ana Paula.Many people from the Mozambique Colony War of Independence like Ana Paula ’s family were Portuguese, so their journey was not so much an escape as it was a return. In fact, in Portuguese, they are called retornados or “the returned ones.”Still, life in Portugal was much more difficult than life in Mozambique. Ana Paula and her family felt as if they were treated as second class citizens and her parents worked around the clock at minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. Often, Ana Paula and her brother were left alone at home at very young age while her parents worked around the clock.  Ana Paula is profoundly aware of the sacrifices her parents made to build a better life for their children and to provide them with an education.“My parents are my heroes,” she says.Although she never would wish such an experience upon anyone, Ana Paula admits that she learned some of her most valued lessons from the hardship she experienced during her childhood.She learned: 1.     Resilience No mat...
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