As part of his meetings with survivors of religious persecution from across the world, United States President Donald Trump met with a number of people at the White House on Wednesday (17).
Among the group were two Africans – an Eritrean and a Nigerian with both victims sharing briefly their excitement to be at the White House.
Eritrean gospel singer Helen Berhane, who currently lives in Asylum in Denmark, shared how she lived months in detention in a metal container back in Eritrea.
She pleaded with the U.S. administration to also help rescue other victims of government persecution which continues in the country till date. The recent case was a rift with the Catholic Church that led to closing of over 30 health facilities.
Ms. Berhane was only released in 2006 after she felt critically ill. In a 2018 interview with the BBC, she confirmed that the government had asked her to stop singing which she said she could not do.
Nigeria’s Esther Bitrus on her part had a more brief interaction which entailed thanking Trump for the opportunity to meet him and reiterating how hard it was to have been abducted by Boko Haram.
Other persons who were at the White House included Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad of Syria. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 2018 along with DR Congo’s Dr. Denis Mukwege.
Others were from North Korea, Cuba, China, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Myanmar.