Andrea Gjestvang

Verona, Italy

Richard (14) from Nigeria talking about his friends in Borkenes: "We were a good bunch of friends, really. We did normal Norwegian things - went on training, did homework together. Sometimes we had guys' night where we ate pizza, played playstation, hung out on the streets or went to the movies or bowling. I miss them terribly. Here in Italy I don't know so many people, sometimes I'm alone. But I'm used to it. When I came here I got used to it."
Martens (12), Marta (12), Richard (14) and Josephine (17) came to Norway in 2009 with their mother. Their father lost his sight in a work accident, then lost his job and finally the family home. He sent his wife and four children to Norway where the mother told the authorities that they were fleeing Nigeria because of the threat of female circumcision. When the authorities decided that this was a lie the family's application was rejected. While in Norway the family lived in the small town of Borkenes in northern Norway where the children started school. In 2014, after almost five years in Norway they were deported back to Nigeria. After four months in Lagos they travelled back to Europe, to Italy, with the support of the Baptist congregation and local supporters in Borkenes. Their benefactors also pay for their rent, their food and the children's school fees.

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