Mathew decided to flee Rwanda and come to the United States because he seriously feared for his personal safety. Other members of his family, his uncle (a businessman) and his cousin (former presidential aspirant) tried to oppose the ruling authorities only to find themselves arrested and facing trial for charges such as inciting public insurrection and forging documents.
Mathew entered the U.S. with a visa, and revealed to La Posada staff that before arriving at the shelter he could not rest because of nightmares. Every night he dreamt of officers arriving at his doorstep and arresting him. However, after staying at La Posada for a few days he was finally able to relax. “La Posada is a humanitarian place, human-friendly,” said Mathew. He added that he enjoys the food, and being able to go to a clean and comfortable bed every night. He also enjoys life skills classes; he finds it very useful to learn about money and advice for professional advancement in the U.S. While he has finally been able to relax and feel safe, Mathew is concerned about his family’s safety, and all his relatives that remain in Rwanda.
Last week, Mathew transferred to another shelter in Austin where a lawyer there will work with him on his asylum case. Before leaving, client coordinator Monica Peña Rasmussen helped him document his story for his asylum case.
We wish Mathew the best of luck as he continues on his journey for a better life