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.