• Paul McKie

Fear and hope as family waits to escape to safe haven

Mumino and his family hide every day in a small, unfurnished, one-room apartment fearing for their lives. And the only thing worse than the days are the nights.

Mumino (not his real name to ensure his safety), his pregnant wife and her 5-year-old daughter from another relationship, hide away in this African nation of his birth because of his atheism in a land known for blasphemy laws and violence against "heretics." He recently shared with IAA his fears and hopes for a brighter future.

"I hope one day I will wake up and sleep without fear," said Mumino.

Their lives are a terrifying blend of boredom and fear.

"We normally wake up at 7am, then eat our breakfast." he explained. "I planted tomato, maize and beans inside the house."

The apartment is one room with no furniture. Blankets and pillows cover the floor. A large plastic sheet on the floor serves as their make-shift dining area.

Mumino rarely leaves the house unless it is for an urgent matter. He will use the toilet facilities outside during the day. But never at night.

"I don't even think about going near to the front door," said Mumino.

Instead, he uses an empty three litre plastic jug and an empty paint can for his toilet during night time.


Normally his wife goes to the market to buy their food. He ventures out only if pressed.

"Yes, like when applying for passports - and there is a time my wife was bleeding - thanks to IAA they saved my wife (she is pregnant)," recounted Mumino

He spends his time reading articles and watching shows with his wife.

"We watch one or two movies together. I also save articles to read," said Mumino, who learned English from watching movies with subtitles.

He struggles with the stress and the ennui. "Some times it gets really boring," he said.

"I am always indoors trying to hide myself from the enemies."

IAA with your help has assisted Mumino with passports and getting medication for his family. But they urgently need to move to a safe country on the African continent where their lives are not threatened because of Mumino's secular beliefs.

Arrested, tortured by police, and repeatedly attacked by mobs, Mumino spends every night fearing what will come in the morning. His wife and her daughter have been beaten with electrical wires when men came looking for Mumino and found his family instead. Mumino longs to be free to live his life without constant fear and get work as a cabinet maker.

We have a plan to help get Mumino, his wife and her 5-year-old daughter, to a safer place. For $1900 we can move Mumino and family to a safe haven. Please consider being a donor to help this family find a safe, new life.

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