Friday, February 23, 2018

What had happened
Well, the bastards have decided that not only should the refugees who have no other choice but to beg in the streets be fined 50 euros everytime they get caught with their hands out, but now they are putting interest on the fines. Tina was scared when she got a registered letter from the police and put off reading it. Finally, I insisted and F went to go pay it off. It now has escalated by another 14 euros and would continue to do so each month that it goes unpaid. Her fine is two years old. She hasn’t begged on the street since Peace was born, so I assume this is a new procedure.

I called her to find out if she got a subsidy to help with her rent, only to find out that Job is gone. He had to return to Nigeria to renew his passport and to help some sick family members. In Nigeria, you have to pay for medical treatment up front, even from the emergency room. Emmanuel’s son is with a family that is having health problems, but I could not understand which family member died. It is really a challenge to understand Tina on the phone. 

Emmanuel is also not doing very well. So far he has not managed to get a work permit for autonomous work, and his spirits are very low. I had to call everyone to make sure they are aware that the temperature is going to drop precipitously at the beginning of next week. Wisdom’s mother heats the house with a gas bomboletta. It is very dangerous, but, anyway, she ran out. And it is better she is prepared. Also, he is ill. Again. Emmanuel’s house has no electricity because Freedom’s family sends all of their money back to Nigeria instead of paying the rent or utilities. Allegedly. They throw the blame back and forth at each other in that house, but however you slice it, the rent does not get paid and they have no lights or heat or hot water. 

I suggested he move in with Tina to be the man of the house while Job is gone, and that seemed to be a good suggestion for everyone. Although, there are a bunch of men in the house sharing the second room because otherwise they could never scrape the rent payments together by begging. 

We brought Jennifer a birthday cake and a cash donation that my friend, the judge, gave us. Today we got more donations of clothing and books for the kids, and some support for Paul. 

T has had several more college interviews, but we won’t know where she will go for another month. She has constant tests in all of the subjects and gets no extra credit from the professors for being one of the few kids at her school who never cheats and who really learns the material, instead of just memorizing it. I don’t know how she does it. She is amazing. I just hope the colleges can see how special she is. 

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