The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues … Part 26: A Very Long One Week

“I had a call from my neighbor who was a youth minister in the Jammeh government. He was called Sheriff Gomez. He was a kind, quiet man, and he liked me too. He said I should be careful. Perhaps he heard the president’s men discuss me. The security forces are dangerous and seeking a way to squeeze me back into custody.” With freedom from The Gambia coming into focus, Augustine remains in the government crosshairs through his final days in West Africa.

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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 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?

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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.