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Character 5: grandchild

My name is Dwayne Wiggins and I’m 18 years old. I was born in 1984 and I live in the Bronx in New York City together with my mother. My parents moved from the South into the North and hoped for a better life in New York City.

My dad left us, when I was four years old, so my mum is a single mother. She has two jobs, but she doesn’t earn much money. Our apartment is very small and my childhood wasn’t that easy. My mum had to work all day long and I often cut school and I don’t have a high school diploma. Having no prospects I often hang out with my gang. Most of the people in this quarter are black too and a lot of my friends are criminal and have problems and I did some wrong things, too. My girlfriend is expecting a baby and I don’t know how to raise a family without a job, so I started robbing. I’m not proud of what I’m doing, but there is no way out. We all can not see any perspectives and finding a good job is not easy in these times. I often regret the absence of my father, because I had never someone who could be my role model. 

I can’t imagine how my future will be, but I think I have to get out of this vicious circle and to look for a job. I want a secure future for my unborn child, but the way out will be difficult.

Dwayne.

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