Marcus misses his caterpillars

WHEN he was just nine years old Marcus Kuzvinzwa's young life was turned upside down.He moved from the African country of Zimbabwe, which has an economy in tatters, where poverty and unemployment are endemic and political strife and repression commonplace, to a small family home in Ipswich.

WHEN he was just nine years old Marcus Kuzvinzwa's young life was turned upside down.

He moved from the African country of Zimbabwe, which has an economy in tatters, where poverty and unemployment are endemic and political strife and repression commonplace, to a small family home in Ipswich.

His family left behind a large house with a swimming pool. But young Marcus, who is now 14, coped admirably with his changing circumstances and is now relishing life in Suffolk. He even helped set up Ipswich's new Zimbabwe Youth Group for people like himself, and currently organises the group's funding.

Marcus, who lives with his mum, dad and nine-year-old sister in Allington Close, Ipswich, said: “When we first came it was weird. I thought we were going to move to London and was a bit disappointed we came to Ipswich.

“But I like it a lot now; I've got a long with lots of people.”

However the Northgate High School pupil still misses some aspects of Zimbabwean-life, especially his favourite food; caterpillars!

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But he manages to maintain a link thanks to the youth group he helped create by raising £10,000 of funding.

He said: “We do things like play basketball and just support each other, sometimes we go on trips.

“It is important to have a youth group to remember your culture and where you are from and you can also learn about other cultures.

“I think young people have a bad reputation because people judge you on the music you like and listen to like hip hop music. But young people do a lot of good, especially through something like the youth group.”

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