This blog isn’t just about world music or cultural events, but also about the people from other parts of the world who call the Twin Cities home. I’m always interested in stories that can put a face on first immigrant families and their struggles to be complete and safe. Alex Zoltai of NewsSouth, a blog from St. Thomas University, details the struggle of one family to bring their mother from Eritrea to the United States after many years of waiting.
“Mary Mengesha doesn’t know exactly how old her mother is. She was born roughly 80 years ago in war-torn Eritrea, which was too plagued by poverty and war to issue birth certificates. Because of this missing sheet of paper, Mengesha may never see her mother again.
It will be four years in August since Mengesha and her husband, Kesete Teda, first applied to have Mengesha’s mother, Amaresh Sahle, immigrate to the U.S. “I don’t know what is happening,” Teda said. “We were expecting it [the application process] to be a short period of time. Now they say we need DNA testing.”
There have been many costs, many papers and many years spent without answers. Yet Mengesha still clings to hope that she will one day see her mother in her own house in Hopkins. “I hope that they will fix this and bring me my mom,” Mengesha said. “I am hopeful. I trust these people.”
Mengesha and her family are U.S. citizens, which should greatly help her get her mother to America…”