Epilogue: a section or speech at the end of a book or play that serves as a comment on or a conclusion to what has happened
--"epi" means towards or after
--"louge" means to correspond
In the epilouge, St. John skips foward two years in Fall 2006.
It starts out with Hassan (Luma's father), sitting in the dining room of Luma's house.
"I hate to remember how she felt being alone in the united states, it was more difficult for me, but it was more difficult for her." (St. john 291)
To make Luma forgive Hassan, he offered her his money to go buy clothes.
Luma insisted that he instead, bought school supplies for the Fugees.
"If you want to spend your money, come with me." (St. John 292)
We also find out that Paula's husband had not been injured in the riot at Malala.
He had actually left the Congo, and will soon meet up with his family again in the U.S.
Mandela and Luma eventually made up, and Mandela applied for Jobs Corps.
Job Corps--a U.S. government training program, that offers vocational training to people, between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four.
Mandela applied, and would eventually move out of Clarkston to Kentucky.
In November 2008, Mandela received his high school diploma, while studying construction.
Shamsoun, Natnael, and Yousph were all accepted at Pheiffer University, which was a liberal arts college in North Carolina.
Shamsoun was the only one among the three to receive a scholarship for soccer. He had been working with a pastor to raise funds to build a school for the Moro children in the Nuba Mountains.
Anwar didn't move far from Clarkston, as he attended Paideia School, which was a private school in the suburban Atlanta.
More refugees started coming to Clarkston, and more of them became taking advantage of Luma's tutoring sessions. Children's grades have improved, and more of them began speaking fluent English within months.
We learn that many of the refugees who had lived in Clarkston later moved to various other locations to join family or friends or to seek a better life.
Obviously, it hurt Luma a little bit because of all the connections and relationships she had made with most of the families.