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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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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.

One of them has been in Lesotho for 25 years and earns a living by repairing cars. The main challenge is that he cannot run his own workshop as he cannot buy the site. The reason for this is that he does not have certificates proving his qualifications for his work. As a result, most of the time he is bluffed and cheated by people who bring their vehicles and big machines for service and do not pay for the services rendered. They call him names because he is a foreigner with an unregistered business. He cannot report them anywhere because he will be in trouble himself.

The Sisters are trying to introduce him to some people that could hire him because of his expertise and would allow him to earn a stable monthly salary. He lives with a ten year old boy who was deserted by his mother.

Reflection Are we aware of the number of refugees who find themselves in a similar situation?

Resource: “God knows when hearts are generous and will repay a hundred fold a gift given without counting the cost.” – Mother Theresa of Jesus

Action: Could the Lesotho Sisters and associates together think of some way to find funds for some refugees to go to Ntlafatso Vocational Skills Institution? The institution offers three month training sessions to obtain certificates, thereby allowing persons to work legally in the country.