Last week we got news that the brother and sisters of our boys, Patrick and Christian, have been refused visa’s to join us here in Canada.  All we and their parents would like is for them to be able to get a good education.  It  is hard to do that in the Congo, even though their father makes big sacrifices to provide for the best education he can.  This is especially true for the girls and I believe the girls are the biggest worry for Jacques now.  The boy can possibly make it through school, but for girls – getting an education is frought with huge risks – all the demands that can be made on young women in a sexually promiscuous society. 

The news we were afraid would throw the brothers into despair has been taken in stride so far.  But we know that they are disappointed and frustrated by the seeming injustices that are heaped upon those from Africa who apply for any sort of entry into Canada – even if it is just for a visit.  The judgement is usually made that there is not enough reason for the person to return to Africa.  Sometimes they are right but in this case, we feel they are deciding the case based on presuppositions. 

So we have about two months to ask for an appeal.  I guess we will do that.  More paper work ahead!

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