30 Days of Faith: Day 23

· · · Nigerian asylum seeker, Akeem,33, has lost a lot in life. He lost his father to violence in Nigeria and afterwards, he says, his mother died from a broken heart. Sadly his wife was killed by a land mine, leaving their twin daughters to grow up without a mother. Violence forced Akeem to flee Nigeria for Costa Rica in December 2011. He currently works as a waiter at a Chinese restaurant in the capital, San José, and says he is focusing on forgiveness this Ramadan. His rigorous work schedule does not allow him to observe Ramadan as he would like to, but he says that the temptation he faces working in a restaurant all day is another test that makes him a spiritually stronger person.

Photo and text by Jose Diaz for UNHCR

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