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Mary's Story

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:42 -- Betsy

When Mary* noticed election fraud in her home country in Africa, she didn’t ignore it. She spoke out, but then she was targeted. “This fraud happens a lot,” she said. “But I protested this. When I spoke about it, I was arrested. I was held and tortured for more than four weeks. They threatened my life; I thought I would die. Even after they let me go, I knew they would come back to kill me.”

Jon's Story

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:41 -- Betsy

“I was arrested and tortured. My work helped the less fortunate farmers of the country, but my opinion against the government led them to arrest and torture me. I had to leave because I could not work and faced more threat to my life back home after I was let go.” Jon* escaped his home country in central Africa as soon as he was released from prison. A young man in his 40s, fear for his life forced Jon to make the excruciating decision to leave his wife and four children behind. He found his way to the United States.

Adam's Story

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:40 -- Betsy

Adam* fled his home country in central Africa, leaving behind his home and family after he was repeatedly arrested and tortured.  Adam was targeted because of his work for human rights. “I was politically involved with opposition parties to the government. I also worked for many years as an organizer for trade unions demanding better working conditions for workers,” Adam said. “The longest detention was for seven years. I was never formally charged with a crime or had opportunity to hear why I was being detained.”

Akram’s Story

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:18 -- Betsy

When Akram* was eight years old, his father was kidnapped from his workplace in a government-affiliated factory in Homs, Syria. Seven of his colleagues were also arrested.

The family was never given information about Akram’s father’s whereabouts or condition. When Akram’s mother tried to find out what happened to him, the police did not provide any information, only gave her pictures of mutilated bodies to look at and identify him. Akram’s father wasn’t among them.

Haben’s Story

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 14:16 -- Betsy

Eritrea was my home, where I was raising my children. But I was forced to flee to the camp in Ethiopia because of many difficult situations I was facing. The worst of these problems was that I was forced to give my children to military service, even when they were still young. Once they were in the military, they were treated cruelly and kept from seeing the family. There was nothing I could do about it.

Hadad Family Story

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:49 -- Betsy

There are eight members of the Hadad* family. They fled to Jordan from their home in Syria, seeking safe shelter after their home was demolished and properties looted. Their experience of war was replete with violence, terror and devastating loss. In addition, some members of the family have physical issues that need medical intervention. The family has no hope ever to return to their home country as they are targeted by many armed groups and have nothing left to return to.

Fajer's Story

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 15:04 -- Betsy

Both parents are highly educated, and the family enjoyed a very happy and busy life. Then they began to receive death threats because they are part of a targeted ethnic minority. Fajer was arrested and endured torture while he was held. After Fajer was released, a close family member was murdered. The family ran from their home; they left everything behind.

They began life as refugees, and Fajer found CVT Jordan. He and two of the children came for rehabilitative care and began to feel better and to rebuild their lives. They felt that their lives were getting closer to normal.

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Thomas' Story

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:37 -- Sabrina

He obtained a visa to come to the United States and is currently separated from his children. Thomas* was diagnosed with several medical conditions as a result of being beaten, dragged, whipped and other torture while he was detained.

Thomas applied for asylum, but due to his immigration status he does not qualify for any public benefits and is not authorized to work. Unable to contribute to his host family, Thomas soon found himself homeless.

Dina’s Story

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:40 -- Betsy

Dina* was living with her parents when they were killed by militia in Congo, so she went to live with her grandmother. But then they too were viciously attacked, and her grandmother was killed as Dina watched.

The soldiers took Dina and other girls to their camp, where they were raped daily and forced to do domestic chores. Dina was frequently beaten, threatened with loaded guns, denied food and, at times, sleep.

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