|Ddembe Joy ... 14 years of age|
A young mother sat in the red dust common to Uganda, responding to questions from the government official. It was a sudden transition from reunion to interview.
Her daughter, Joy, was being assessed. Did the circumstances warrant approval for Joy to leave her biological family behind to become part of a Children's Home? Would Joy have the same options to see her dreams come true if she remained with the mother and siblings she loved so much?
Joy's future rested in the judgment of the government's representative.