Meet Our Newcomers

In their own words:
stories from our newcomers that we’ve had the privilege
to sponsor and resettle in Nova Scotia.

Please note that protecting the privacy and safety of our newcomers is of upmost important to us.
A
s a policy, we wait a year before approaching our newcomers with requests to share their story publicly.

 
 

Jahu Camara

Being a refugee is not by choice. And the hardest of all is being an LGBTQ refugee in Africa. As a former LGBT refugee, there are lots of risk and barriers for us because if we run away from our country to escape prosecution. The only place you can run to is the nearest country to you and we all know how African countries/leaders feel about homosexuality. So if you manage to escape from your country, you just escape first phase of your worries and problems and the next phase will come if you are someone who cannot pretend to be who he/she is not (even if your life is at stake). It's like being a prisoner because you can't do all the things you want to, sometimes you'll feel like giving up on yourself and go back home to face whatever you were supposed to (even if it will cost you your life.) Being in a foreign country with no friends, family, relatives, and being depress on top of that; it is the worst life experience ever. Some days you will feel like taking your own life (committing suicide) and if you not brave enough or belief in yourself, you will end up giving up on life itself. Because you will be thinking that I will never be free or live the life I want to, be who I am and among the people who will love and respect me regardless of my sexuality. In a society where I will not be stigmatize or discriminated. But, there is no happiness greater than being emancipated, being in a place where everybody is one regardless of your gender. There is no happiness like that. Sitting by yourself feeling no fear, even if you have no family, friends or relatives around, but you'll always feel like your family is always around you because the comfort that is given to you feels like you are with all your love ones. Thinking about what you've gone through and where you are now gives you another feeling of life that you never expect to see your self living it.