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  • A Long Journey

    A Long Journey

    Landing safely in Canada in 2014 was unbelievable happiness for B. The 10 years of fleeing had finally opened to a future. The journey began in Ethiopia and led him to Tanzania where he was educated and where he met and married his wife.

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  • Immigrants Deserve to Be Heard

    Immigrants Deserve to Be Heard

    According to two refugees, Lesotho is a peaceful country despite the instability among the political leaders. These men appreciate the Lesotho government for giving them shelter, though the small stipend they have been receiving is cut out since January 2015, this without any explanation.

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  • Peruvian Immigrant

    Peruvian Immigrant

    Lima, Peru – Julie (19, Dominican Republic) married Henry (25, Peru) and returned with him to his family home after an internet courtship and personal visit. Following his family’s rejection he became verbally abusive which turned into physical abuse after their son was born.

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  • The Power of Language

    The Power of Language

    Jorge’s family lived off the land raising corn, vegetables and livestock in rural Mexico. Traveling with his burro up a mountainside to harvest corn, left him little time for school, but he completed sixth grade. Gradually, members of his family traveled north seeking a better life.

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  • Young Refugees

    Young Refugees

    Tacoma, WA - Antonio grew up in El Salvador. His father abandoned him, his mom and his baby sister shortly after his sister was born. When Antonio was 16 years old, the “Maras” (gangs) began threatening him. One day as he was leaving school, members of the gang cornered him and took his phone.

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A Long Journey

Landing safely in Canada in 2014 was unbelievable happiness for B. The 10 years of fleeing had finally opened to a future. The journey began in Ethiopia and led him to Tanzania where he was educated and where he met and married his wife.

B found an administrative position with an NGO which was thriving: too much really. The NGO became a government target due to its many resources. B as administrator was unable to accommodate the many demands and was accused of spying for the Liberation Front. He was detained for 6 months, tortured and released only to be rearrested, humiliated and tortured once again. Finally with the help of a bribed guard, B managed to cross illegally into Kenya in a loaded cattle truck!

He found a UNHCR office, registered and entered Kakuma Refugee Camp. His 15 day ration card entitled him to 15 pounds of food: the lack of food, the harsh climate, and the scorpions accounted for one of his first sights of Kakuma Refugee Camp, an immense cemetery.

In 2007 a person in the camp told him about Hospitality House, a sponsoring agency from Winnipeg. He applied and was ecstatic when he received a file number from Canada. He encountered several obstacles dealing primarily with violence in the Camp that disrupted paper work. He realized then that these, the people in the Camp, were he would spend his life with. Then he received travel information: he was scheduled to come to Canada. He arrived December 2, 2015. His eyes sparkled when he told me his wife and two teenage daughters had been accepted to join him here in Canada.

Reflection: How do I deal with undeserved hardship?

Action: Visit with refugees and listen to their hard stories.