The Door of Opportunities


Centre has given me a key to open the doors of opportunities
Abraham Tumoro’s life journey can, in no terms, be called smooth. His odyssey as a refugee that started in 2003, when he fled political oppression in Ethiopia, ended in 2014, with him setting foot on the Canadian soil.
“After 11 gruelling years, I could finally say I was free,”  he mutters philosophically.
Abraham moved out of Ethiopia, his home country, as he was persistently hounded for his political views, divergent from the government.“It was painful. As many as 37 persons were killed in front of my eyes. (They) were there a minute ago. Suddenly, a burst and (they) were there no more. That is when I decided to leave and took up an arduous journey to South Africa, bribing at times, to be spared from killing. It was like living in a grave,” he recalls. 
Abraham, who studied theology, used to work for World Vision International in Ethiopia. Once in South Africa he undertook door-to-door sales to survive. His family joined him later in 2012. A church sponsorship ultimately enabled him and family to move to Canada.
Currently, Abraham is studying English full-time at the Centre for Newcomers and plans to own a food franchise later down the years.
And how does he find the services at the Centre?
“The Centre for Newcomers has transformed me. I now know about the city, resources and am attending an ESL class here. The Centre has given me a key to open the doors of opportunities,” he sums up in a rather indebted way. 
Fact  File: Ethiopia
Ethiopia, after Nigeria, is the second most populous country in all
of Africa with a population of about 92 million.
The country shares borders with the Republic of Kenya to the south, the Republic of Eritrea to the North, the Republic of Sudan to the West, and the Republics of Djibouti and Somalia to the East.
Poor governance and corruption are major problems in Ethiopia. Most political figures in Ethiopia today are very corrupt with little
or no experience at all. Poor governance, political persecution and instability in Ethiopia have driven many residents away.
A majority of them seek asylum or refuge in South Africa.
The country remains under Human Rights Watch and the government continues to use arbitrary arrests and prosecutions
to silence journalists, bloggers, protesters and supporters of opposition political parties.
The police respond to peaceful protests with excessive force.
(Source: TesFaNews, UNHCR)