The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues … Part 18 — Another New Beginning

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The wedding was over and joy was overwhelming. I was not familiar with living with someone full-time, sharing money, always being transparent with one another. Father Pius had instructed us well, though.

We remember those who thought we should not marry and that I would leave Theresa before long.

July 1, 2016, marked our 10th wedding anniversary.

Wedding photo

Courtesy Augustine Kanjia

Augustine and Theresa at their wedding

I have a strong will and a forgiving heart for those who love me. It is the same I have exercised to see our love grow. There was no support any longer from her sisters in the U.K. All we gained was by our own hard work. Life became better, and we often played loud music from one of our wedding gifts.

There was a long waiting list, though, for assistance from God. Resettlement prospects for Sierra Leonean refugees had dwindled. Hopes for many a Sierra Leonean had been dashed, but for some they still burned brightly like a new moon or an early morning sun. I was caught in another dilemma from the word go: How would I develop my family life while trying to escape The Gambia for another country?

Thinking and feeling like a newly married man, I thought maybe I was finally free from police harassment related to my journalism work. Yet the secret service and police were still hunting me.


Read Augustine’s last installment, A Wedding Without Parents, or scroll down to follow his incredible journey from the beginning.



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