He Fled Violence In Guinea. She Escaped Misogyny In Pakistan. They Found New Hope In Brooklyn.

Source: Huffington Post

PHOTO COURTESY OF OUR NAME IS FARM
Boubacar Diallo serves food he prepared at an event for Emma’s Torch.

NEW YORK ― It’s been nearly a year since Boubacar Diallo last saw his wife and young daughter.

The 40-year-old refugee left his home and family behind in Guinea last Christmas Eve, fleeing what he describes as violent political persecution. Now living in Brooklyn, New York, his heart aches for his loved ones, who are waiting to join him in America from an ocean away.

“I need them,” he said. “Sometimes if I think about them, I can’t sleep.”

Diallo said he started to fear for his life following Guinea’s 2015 presidential election period, which was rocked by violence and widespread human rights violations. He recalled being harassed, threatened and even tortured by policemen and different ethnic groups over differences in political opinion.

“If I continued to live in Guinea, I thought I’d be killed,” he said. “I don’t like to talk about it.”

 

 

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