Supporting Nigerian Migrants
At 7:15 Saturday morning, September 16th, Nancy Clark and David Crosson picked up Afeez Bamgboye (left) and his son Fuad (right) at a Greyhound drop off in downtown San Francisco. Originally from Nigeria, over a year the Bamgboyes walked to the US from Brazil, including trekking through Panama's infamous Darien Gap. They have been imprisoned for eight months in privately-run Imperial Detention Center, near Calexico, and arrived in San Francisco after a thirteen hour bus ride. The Bamgboyes' freedom and arrival is the result of multiple small miracles from all over the country: An advocacy organization in Austin, Texas, that coordinated all of the work; a friend in Ohio who maintained constant communication; a San Diego lawyer who handled the legal work and bond hearing; Nancy Clark's personal sponsorship; a national bond network and Minnesota organization who provided the bond, a Calexico-based migrant support organization that coordinated their release and got them to San Francisco; and of course Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and our amazing Nueva Esperanza Accompaniment Team (NEAT) partnership with Congregation Sherith Israel. Afeez and Fuad are now settled in an apartment in San Francisco, thanks to the generosity of St. Mary's Justice Ministries and Episcopal Impact Fund have clothes, food, bus passes, and their first $400 monthly living stipend. Our NEAT partnership is now helping them acclimate and receive the support they need to thrive in their new home. We will share more as it becomes available. This is the way "God's will be done on earth as in heaven"--one miracle at a time.
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