K fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been imprisoned in San Diego 18 months

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Dear Becca,

I am writing you this letter regarding my situation in detention, it is so hard to live a life in detention without any support and family. I am a single man and do not have any children. I flee from my country to save my life and right now I am detain in OTMD for almost more than one and a half year, it is far away from your imagination the life I used to live and the present situation. I cry at night when other sleeps and I miss my parents so much because I grown up as a good and favorite kids of my family.

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Political dissident refugee from Cameroon detained 18 months at Otay

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“Well I ran away from my country because I was publishing what was going on in Cameroon and the malpractices of the Cameroon soldiers on social media and because I am a member of an activist group call SCNC. I was arrested and detained for almost 2 weeks under horrible conditions back in 201 but was later released and in 2016 I was serve a warrant of arrest through my mother so I decided to run away from Cameroon that let me here. I have been in detention here in CCA since April 2016. I was given a 50000$ bond which I am unable to pay even through a bond company because I have no family in the united state. The only way I can get out of detention now is to pay the 50000$ bond. Please I am begging you to help me or find benevolent groups like yours who can help me pay the bond company. I have been in detention for 18 months now please I need your help.”

–A, September 23

More information from Amnesty International.

Listen to the leader of the nonviolent SCNC movement here.

“The police put electric shocks on my toes.”

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My name is Jesus M. And I like to tell you I receive your letter. And I like to tell you about me. I come from [Mexico]. I went to school in that is were I learn little English and star[t] working driving a boat taking tourist on tours thats were practice my English and I run from Acapulco because people from the cartel star[t] killing people so I run from them on. I end up in Tijuana and is worst the cartel already kill 2,400 thousand people in Mexico so I’m asylum from them and the police Because police torture me with electric shocks. They put electric cables in my toes this [is] a cruel torture that’s why I don’t want to go back I don’t have an attorney, I don’t have funds to hire one. I don’t have money to call my family.

I’m single but I have mother and brother and sister and sons. I like outdoors like fishing, riding bike, riding a motorcycle. I love to cook, I made real good chuck roast in the oven. I love sports, football, tennis, soccer. I play tennis before and racketball when I arrived to Tijuana I was robbed, my money and clothes the police that’s why I come to the border asking for protection. I don’t have family in here, my family far away. I would like to know if your organization can help me with little bit of funds to put on the phone so I call my family. I been here 9 months and I don’t know nothing about my family and if you would can help me to buy som commissary – I don’t have funds to buy coffee or soups sometimes the food is no good and is sad going to sleep hungry, well that’s story of my life sorry for my writing there is no google in here so I wrote this myself if you can help me get i touch with my family I will appreciate with all my heart. Thank you very much for you kindness and understanding, I hope I hear from you soon.

-Jesus

[p.s.] I’m afraid I will get deported to Tijuana and in Tijuana there are kidnapping people for ransom like me. I don’t have families in U.S. probably they will kill me if I can’t have a little of money I will pay for a ticket to go somewhere else like [por BC?] or Ensenada. I don’t want to stay at the border please help me to go out of Tijuana I don’t want to be kill out [cut into] of pieces or put on acid, that’s a cruel torture.

F. was shot twice, beaten, and raped, and that’s why he fled Honduras. Why is he in a US prison?

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Hello good day with a lot of respect I direct to you By this means requesting help, well if you can.

My name is F., ____ I am 23 years old
I’m from Honduras and I’m here asking for asylum because
I have problems in my country, I was shot on 2 occasions
once was in 2014 the second time in 2017 I was beaten
about 5 or 6 times and this year I was beaten and
sexually abused and I really did not like any of those
bad experiences that I had, that’s why I left my country.

All those problems that I had in the past were because I gave my
services to the Military (Military) forces of my country I gave
my services in the year 2014 until 2017.

Well I’m asking you for a little help since I do not have
family here in the United States or in Honduras so that I can get
support, since I grew up alone with my grandmother. She raised me since
I was a year old because my father killed my
mother, well given the fact that my grandmother mom of my
mom took care of me I never met my dad or his relatives.

And I was left alone since my grandmother passed away in 2016 and
from that date I have been alone in this life.

Sorry for bothering you and taking a little bit of your time but
I would really like to be helped.

Thank you very much Happy Day Blessings.

Fernando from Honduras: “I am alone in this life”

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This week, the New York Times covered the Honduran caravans fleeing their home country–which is effectively in a low-level civil war–to seek asylum here. . . . only to be imprisoned as criminals in Otay Mesa rather than taken in as refugees.

Read this letter we received this week from Fernando from Honduras, 23 years old and “alone in this life” after losing his mother and grandmother and being shot, assaulted, and raped because of his military service:

Hello, good day, with a lot of respect I direct to you by this means a request for help, well if you can.

My name is Fernando ____. I am 23 years old. I’m from Honduras and I’m here asking for asylum because I have problems in my country. I was shot on 2 occasions: once was in 2014 the second time in 2017. I was beaten about 5 or 6 times, and this year I was beaten and sexually abused, and I really did not like any of those bad experiences that I had, that’s why I left my country.

All those problems that I had in the past were because I gave my services to the military forces of my country. I gave my services in the year 2014 until 2017.

Well I’m asking you for a little help since I do not have family here in the United States or in Honduras so that I can get support, since I grew up alone with my grandmother. She raised me since I was a year old because my father killed my mother. Given the fact that my maternal grandmother took care of me I never met my dad or his relatives.

And I was left alone since my grandmother passed away in 2016 and from that date I have been alone in this life.

Sorry for bothering you and taking a little bit of your time but I would really like to be helped.

Thank you very much.

Happy Day Blessings.

Can you write to Fernando, or help support someone like him with a modest commissary contribution so that they can phone family or supplement the terrible, insufficient food inside while awaiting trial and likely deportation?

“All are brothers in the eyes of God”

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Last week, we received a letter from Ulises, an LGBTI refugee held in prison at Otay Mesa while he seeks asylum.  He relayed a remarkable story:

“Inside there are 140 of us who have organized to share our commissary.  We are from all over the world:  Pakistan, Vietnam, China, Haiti, Cuba, Honduras, Africa.  We do not speak the same language so we communicate in sign language, but even so we can provide moral support to each other.  We do so because we know that we are all brothers in the eyes of God.”

This week, we received a letter from a detained woman named Alegria who asked us to provide more commissary to her friend Diana, who has fled violence in Central America and is now detained at Otay Mesa:

“She is a beautiful person.  Everything you have given her in commissary she has given to others–to the most needy.  I bought a sweatsuit because I was dying of cold inside this place and I gave it to her because she had given all her own funds away to others, buying them food.  She buys paper, stamps, coloring pencils and gives them to all.  She buys ice cream and food and shares it.”