Many people in Moscow already know Francis, a refugee from Congo; in 2013 he was severely assaulted by Nazis which was covered by a lot of media. Now he has a stich from a knife cut across his stomach. Later Francis became one of the characters for a “B&W” photo project of Aleksey Sorin. But none of this changed the distressful situation – the Congolese is still living in shelters.
Civic Assistance Committee has been helping Mgabu for several years now. In 2014 he was doing therapy with a psychologist and decided to write down a short story of his life. We are publishing this text by the author’s permission. Unfortunately Mgabu never got asylum in Russia but his situation is a bit better now; thanks to the Committee’s efforts Mgabu was given a hope to move to another country.
A court in Russia’s Leningrad region dismissed the case against Choi Myung-bok, a North Korean defector set to be deported for violating migration laws, the Memorial human rights group reported Monday. Choi no longer faces deportation to North Korea, where he would most likely be executed for fleeing the labor camp he was sent to. He plans to apply for official refugee status once again.