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Review for Interfaith Community For Detained Immigrants, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Antonio Tarajano. I am a Cuban citizen who was granted Political Asylum by this great nation that is the United States of America. Here, I have had the pleasure of meeting excellent people who have given me their unconditional support; such as: Arleen Praire, Melanie Schikore and Pam Shearman from the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants in Chicago (ICDI). Ms. Melanie Schikore, the Executive Director of the ICDI said and I quote: “Many of the people of the world have traveled far from their homes with faith, hope and courage to escape unimaginable hardships and terrors. We ask, that all levels of government, religious communities and organizations work with a spirit of compassion and cooperation so that they receive all the attention, welcome they need and resources for their food, shelter, medical care and personal needs”. I sincerely thank to ICDI for all they have done since my arrival and they embody the quote I just write. José Martí, Cuba’s national hero, once said people went around the world in two groups, one for those who love and build and another for those who hate and undo. I am fully convinced ICDI loves and helps people like me, immigrants, refugees within a psychological trance of internal and external nature, of readjustment of our existence, rebuilding our lives in a different scenario. The challenges that I now face are multiple. The context is geographically, culturally, socially, economically, and linguistically different, changed. But my main challenge is to not stop loving. Thank you, ICDI for teaching me that first and most valuable lesson. Count on my eternal gratitude.

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