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UFC Fighter Won His Greatest Fight Against Depression By Doing A Really Heroic Deed (19 pics + 1 video)

Posted in Lifestyle » Celebs   26 May 2018   / 2582 views

Justin Wren is a 31-year-old professional mixed martial artist

He reached his dream of becoming a pro fighter at the age of 18, but the experience wasn’t fulfilling

Wren was battling depression and drug addiction and by the time he was 23 he attempted suicide

At the lowest point in life, Justin realized that he wanted to do something meaningful

He set his eyes on the Pygmies of Congo, who were trapped in the cycle of slavery

The Mokpala tribe would enslave and abuse the Pygmies

“Their slave masters would come up to me and say ‘what are you doing with my animals?'” Wren recalled

The Pygmies had no land, forcing them to work for food

Which was as little as 2 bananas a day, for a whole family to share

Seeing their suffering Justin realized he had to help them

“I was fighting against people, but really I was just supposed to be fighting for people”

He teamed up with Water4 and founded ‘Fight for the Forgotten’ charity

They used the local workforce to drill wells in otherwise inaccessible areas

Water changed the people’s lives as Congo has one of the highest child mortality rates due to lack of clean water

They also bought land for the Pygmies, so they’d have a place to call their own

Wren has written a book titled “Fight for the Forgotten: How a Mixed Martial Artist Stopped Fighting for Himself and Started Fighting for Others”

After spending 5 years with the Pygmies, Wren has returned to his fighting career, but still keeps spreading the word

Since the beginning of his journey 8 years ago, Justin has managed to combine both, fulfilling his purpose and pursuing his dream career

Watch the video below to see Justin’s journey and message








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