Countries like Canada have a lot of space. Today I’d like to veer off topic a little bit and ask for some help creating space for one more person in Canada.
His name is Alvaro and here is a quote from a friend and youth worker who is trying to help this young man:
Alvaro’s situation is quite desperate. This young man has been running for safety and security for the last 9 years, in a very long journey across central and North America escaping severe family abuse in Nicaragua that started when he was only 12 years old. He swam across rivers to cross borders, spent many months in detention in the US and lived off the charity of good people he met on his way, until he was refused refugee protection in Canada because the judge (who conducted the hearing over a TV screen from Calgary) didn’t think he looked gay enough for her and didn’t think it makes sense that a young boy managed to live such a dramatic story and survive (I guess in her Calgary suburb she doesn’t see much of what really happens in the world). Alvaro, is facing deportation to the US who will arrest him and then in turn send him after weeks in detention to Nicaragua (where there are still sodomy laws in effect and people do go to prison for being gay) for absolutely no fault or a crime, but for being the victim of abuse and injustice all his life.
The website is http://www.orangehabitat.com/alvaro
Because I’m not in Canada and cannot raise my voice to help out Alvaro, I ask that anyone who is in Canada please visit the website in the next couple of days and contact your MP and the Minister of Immigration Diane Finley.
Canada is not too cluttered. There’s room for one more.