Serge and his mother originally lived in the west African country of Cameroon. In 2007, Serge’s father left for Turkey to find work and bring the rest of his family to live with him. After seven years of unsuccessful attempts to reunite the family, Serge’s mother, Adele finally made it to Turkey with just Serge. When her husband returned to Cameroon to gather the rest of their children, neither he nor the other children were able to gain visas to return to Turkey. Now Serge’s father is stuck back in Cameroon without work.
Adele was renting part of another woman’s room for the month but her situation is unsustainable and her future outlook is dire. She is being kicked out of the house, and she and Serge have been struggling to obtain enough food to stay nourished. Additionally, Adele has recently been experiencing issues with her eyes and needs to see a doctor.