Ohio Mothers Share Stories of Being Separated from their Children by Police Shootings and Immoral Anti-Immigrant Policies at “Three Mothers - Tres Madres” Event

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May 11, 2018

 

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Ohio Mothers Share Stories of Being Separated from their Children by Police Shootings and Immoral Anti-Immigrant Policies at “Three Mothers - Tres Madres” Event

 

Columbus, Ohio -- On Thursday, May 10th, Columbus Sanctuary Collective brought together faith leaders and community members to hear the stories and perspectives of three mothers. Edith Espinal has lived in Ohio for more than two decades and is now in sanctuary to avoid deportation at Columbus Mennonite Church for over seven months. Jacqueline Kifuko, a refugee from Uganda, could only bring one of her two children with her when she came to the U.S. Adrienne Hood’s son, Henry Green, was killed by plain-clothes Columbus police in Linden in 2016.

Facebook live video of the event is here. Additionally, local film-makers have captured the stories of the Three Mothers - Tres Madres in this short film.

Edith Espinal; Immigrant mother from Mexico in sanctuary to avoid deportation:

“I have been in sanctuary for seven months resisting this cold political climate. Today in Mexico, it is Mother’s Day. I miss the hugs of my children and I will not give up until I can go home with my kids.”

Jacqueline Kifuko, Refugee mother from Uganda, Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS):

“I named my son Justice because I want God to hear my prayers. I was separated from my other child when I went to the refugee camp and living in a refugee camp is a very painful thing. When I came to the U.S., I was told my son would come soon, but that promise has been broken.”

Adrienne Hood, African-American mother of Henry Green killed by Columbus police in 2016:

“On this side of heaven, I will never touch my son again, because two plain-clothes Columbus police in an unmarked car gunned him down on a summer evening. I will forever raise my voice. I will not be silenced. We need changes so this doesn’t keep happening.”

 

Abbie Miller, Columbus Mennonite Church:

“We are a people seeking and working for peace. Today is Dia de las Madres in Mexico and as we approach our celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, we must care for and nurture one another.”

 

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Columbus Sanctuary Collective is an immigrant/migrant justice organization with an emphasis on sanctuary resistance, movement and organizing in Columbus and the state of Ohio.

 

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