Augustine Kanjia

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues … Part 25: Final Problem Lands Me in Dakar

“We left for Banjul to board the worrisome ferry. It was overloaded that morning and dirty, but we made it through. We were praying for a safe journey the entire time. I had made some friends on the way, and we ate some food from those friends. Was the border a safe place for us? No! But yes. Glen’s health was paramount, and no one wants to see a child die.” Another clever diversion helps the family clear its final hurdles for resettlement in America — and Augustine and his wife hear: “You will go to Massachusetts.”

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues … Part 24: Surprise News That Set Us Free

Whether you’re one of our many regular Augustine readers or it’s your first time, you won’t want to miss this chapter! “My wife, Theresa, was mostly in haste for us to complete our interviews with the UNHCR so as to change our address for the better. She actually gave me some insight into breaking news that made the difference.” Augustine and his family are one step closer to America … but they’re not there yet.

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues … Part 22: Augustine is Apprehended

“My camera was seized and I was whisked out of the crowd to the court straight away. There was a deep gutter. We had to cross and they grabbed me roughly, running with me very fast. ‘Is this the man for the pictures?’ one of them asked. He continued to threaten me in a very angry voice. ‘You are lucky. If I were the magistrate of this court, you would never again smell the air outside here.’ Just as he could see the light at the end of the tunnel, Augustine’s journey to Worcester takes a dangerous turn.

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues … Part 21: The Toughest Interview Brings Success

“[My daughter Alice’s] arrival prompted more questions, but God was behind us. Fatou Barry, the refugee protection officer, called me for questioning. My answers were salient and convincing. The end product was superb, but The Gambia remained dangerous for me. There was an urgent call for my family to return to Dakar by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. We always enjoyed the trips, so we looked forward to going. We did not know why there was so much urgency.” Augustine and family would set out nonetheless, but would they all make it to Dakar?

Augustine Kanjia

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues … Part 19: Challenging Resettlement Process Begins

“Many thought of returning home, but there was no money for their return and they had nowhere to return to, especially those whose houses were destroyed. The Gambia became unbearable and life was never as it used to be. I knelt and prayed for the will of God to be done in my life and for my family.” As his window of opportunity to escape his uncertain future in The Gambia begins to close, Augustine is on the hunt for another way.

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues … Part 16: Glen’s Long Road to Health

“My son was deteriorating. His time to live according to some doctors was getting shorter. We were worried, but we continued to pray and tried to give him courage.” With their son’s heart condition getting more concerning by the day, Augustine and Theresa finally arrange for the operations he needs. With the help of Chain of Hope and others, Glen receives care in England, while his father waits and worries from afar.