1 / Being an orphan

I'm an orphan. You died when I was born. Was it my fault? Now, I'm alone... I don't know where my father is. He could be dead but I think he's gone, so I don't know who he was. After your death and "the death of my father", I had to go to an orphanage. Because I didn't have a name, they gave me the name of Oliver Twist. Life in the orphanage was difficult, because we didn't eat or sleep a lot. After, when I was nine years old, I had to go to the workhouse. The workhouse is worse than the orphanage. We can only eat one bowl of porridge each? Once, I was chosen to ask for more. I was scared and terrified, but I had to ask and I was punished for asking. My friends and I had to work very long hours in the workhouse, factories or mines because we had to work for a living. We can't go to school, wear decent warm clothes, eat properly, play games, practise leisure activities... Mum, I have a very hard life! I wish you were alive. Mum, I really really need you! I feel so lonely and that's why I've decided to write this diary for you.


                                                             (Lucas & Yousry)

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