getting to the promised land

My colleagues and I worked tirelessly to plead our case within a letter we hoped would move the hearts of the people who would determine whether or not I would get to see the promised land of Canada. Four letters were addressed to the WUSC head office in Ottawa; another went to the UNHCR Malawi Refugee representative and to the Protection officer; one was mailed to the JRS management and the last letter was sent to the Dzaleka JC: HEM management. To say I poured my heart and soul into those letters would be a laughable understatement, but now is not the time for laughter – because even as I sit here, within the safety of a place a far cry for the scared boy I was back then, when I think of the weight of that letter, I can feel it like metal chains tightening round my limbs, dragging me back to a place I have no business returning to.

Published by Gabriel Ndayishimiye

Gabriel Ndayishimiye lives in London, Ontario. He is a writer with a passion to contribute to Black history and literature; and the author of “Run Elvin” (forthcoming), a memoir written for youth from marginalized backgrounds. This book tells Gabriel’s academic/life experiences from refugee camps in East and Southern Africa and now from the metropolis of the western world. The story aims to inspire and motivate such demographic of youth to take up given opportunities to be creative, achieve success, and develop resilience to fight the challenges of life.

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