Immigrant Stories at Bronx Documentary Center

Visitors take in an exhibit and hear Immigrants tell their stories at the Bronx Documentary Center on Nov. 21. (Photo by Christina Thornell via Mott Haven Herald)

Visitors take in an exhibit and hear immigrants tell their stories at the Bronx Documentary Center on Nov. 21. (Photo by Christina Thornell via Mott Haven Herald)

At the Bronx Documentary Center on Nov. 21, dozens turned out to hear immigrants tell their stories – among them, Mali native Miriam Kone who reminds her children how much easier it is here to obtain food and an education, and Hildeberto R., whose family left their city in Mexico after his brother was “murdered in cold blood by the local police,” he said.

Reporter Christina Thornell recounts their experiences for Mott Haven Herald, adding that “If there was one common thread woven through each story, it was the deep desire to have a better life built on personal achievement.”

Not every speaker told of the hurdles they overcame to reach this country. For Berthland Tekyi-Berto, who has Nigerian and Ghanaian roots, the barrier rose later, when he graduated from Morris High School in Morrisania.

“My legal status didn’t affect me,” he said. “I had a normal childhood.”

But then Tekyi-Berto turned 18 and because he was undocumented everything changed. He couldn’t find a job or apply to the army without a social security number.

“After high school everyone gets excited about college,” he said. “That’s when I started to realize that things were different for me.”

The event was organized by education advocate group Mexican American Student Association and Mexican cultural group Mano a Mano.

Go to Mott Haven Herald to hear more from Kone, and what incident prompted her as a teen to want to come to the U.S., and another death that Hildeberto had to cope with on his way to this country.

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