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A young couple from Nagaland is parenting tribal children with extremely traumatic pasts

It’s 5 AM in the morning. The sun rises graciously on the beautiful terrain of Dimapur. The biggest city of Nagaland basks in it’s light, flaunting it’s cascading waterfalls and the lush green slopes. You could easily feel a distant chirp of birds sonically blending with the chatter of 11 little children at the “Eliezer Children Home”. All the commotion of wash-up, breakfast would soon fade as they leave for school in about two hours. Things get slower for a while, or maybe only until the afternoon when this pack of kids gets back to their home. Unlike what is expected of kids, you would see them wash their own tiffins post lunch. Later they would tidy their shoes and retire for a short nap before they go spilling into the playground. Shortly after sunset, they part for their tuition and studies. Finally, all assemble for a dine together followed by a fellowship prayer. After which Tinu Meren Ozukum and Aosenla Imchen kiss these little ones goodnight. Tinu and Aosenla, a young Naga couple are raising these children like their very own, in their own house, with their very own resources. If in case you still have the slightest doubt: Two out of the 11 are their biological children.

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