Africans flee to South America on journey to US

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(16 Jul 2019) VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:
NAT POP: Blaise Matshieba Ndulueye picking up his youngest child from the stroller inside a basketball arena operating as a makeshift shelter for African migrants in Portland, Maine.
THE NDULUYELE (NDOOLU-‘YEH-LEH) FAMILY ESCAPED A BRUTAL ATTACK THAT KILLED HUNDREDS IN THEIR VILLAGE IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
AND AFTER A GRUELING FOUR-MONTH JOURNEY THROUGH TEN COUNTRIES, THEY ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES.
SOUNDBITE (French) Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele, African migrant
UPSOUND (English) Translator: “I thought of death. I really didn’t think I would survive. It was really, truly terrifying.”
ย ย ย 
THE FAMILY OF FIVE WALKED THROUGH A CENTRAL AMERICAN JUNGLE. THEY STRUGGLED WITH DISEASE, RESORTED TO EATING LEAVES. THEY WORRIED CONSTANTLY ABOUT THEIR SAFETY.
THEY EVENTUALLY CROSSED INTO TEXAS, WHERE THEY WERE PROCESSED BY IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS AND BUSED TO PORTLAND, MAINE.
SOUNDBITE (French) Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele, African migrant
UPSOUND (English) Translator: “There were people we were walking with who died. There was a person behind us, his wife died with their three children. Imagine for me, to get out with my whole family.ย ย Yes, for me, that’s success for me.”
WITH EUROPE-BOUND MIGRANTS BEING TURNED AWAY OR DROWNING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA, HUNDREDS OF AFRICANS ARE INCREASINGLY TAKING THEIR CHANCES ON A LONGER, LAND ROUTE TO THE UNITED STATES, THROUGH CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA.
SOUNDBITE (French) Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele, African migrant
UPSOUND (English) Translator: “When we talk of democracy, we see America. We see the United States of America. Me, I think that in the United States, I can express myself freely. I’ve been to have security and protection. That’s the reason why I chose the United States.”
MANY AFRICAN MIGRANTS ARE CHOOSING MAINE BECAUSE OF ITS REPUTATION FOR WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS AND ITS SUPPORT SERVICES.ย ย 
EARLIER THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 200 WERE STAYING AT THIS MAKESHIFT SHELTER ON A BASKETBALL COURT AT THE PORTLAND EXPO.
SOUNDBITE (French) Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele, African migrant
UPSOUND (English) Translator: “Frankly, I wouldn’t advise anyone else to take that route. It was bad and dangerous. Me, personally, I wouldn’t tell any of my family members to take that route.”
NOW THE NDULUYELE FAMILY IS WAITING TO SEE WHAT THEIR LEGAL OPTIONS ARE. THEIR NEXT STEP IS THE MAKING CASE TO THE US GOVERNMENT FOR STAYING.
ROBERT BUMSTED, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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