“They left us in the desert for two months!”
On Saturday June 23, 2018 a group of 15 withered, battered and hungry Nigerian deportees from Algeria came to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) seeking refuge. Among them were men, woman, the elderly and children.
Mr Godwin Agu was a truck driver in Nigeria who left for Algeria to look for employment but struggled to find paying work. “After you work, they refuse to pay you money,” he cried. He, his wife and two Algerian-born children were suddenly deported after living in the country since 2013. “Police came, broke my door and took all my property, my money and even my babies’ clothes!” He then described in detail the long and difficult journey back to Nigeria they had been on since May 7, 2018. “They left us in the desert for two months!” he explained. “I was there to working for my family and I came back with nothing.” His wife, Ginika Agu said, “We went to Algeria for our future but it’s not what we thought. We lost many things and many people in the desert”.
Faith Oka was a hair stylist who left Nigeria on the tales of easy money in Algeria. “When we got there, it was really hard. We don’t have freedom like in Nigeria. They can take your property, attack you and rape you because they know you don’t have any documents”. She explained how she and her husband were separated after both being deported from the northern country. “I don’t know if anything has happened to him,” she cried.
After learning of their dilemma, Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Partners quickly rushed to their aid, providing hot meals for the group along with foodstuffs entailing large bags of rice and the sum of ₦450,000 to help start their lives afresh in Nigeria.