Asylum Seeker, Zimbabwean receptionist publishes book on his journey

2016-05-10 06:00
Photo: supplied Oswald Kucherera.

Photo: supplied Oswald Kucherera.

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AUTHOR Oswald Kucherera sits across the table, his face reflects the capacity for immense patience. The type that callousness takes advantage of. He’s easy to be with.

On his journey to now, Kucherera has experienced a spectrum of human behavior both humbling and humiliating. He’s a Zimbabwean asylum seeker. He knows how it feels to be on his knees, at the mercy of inhumanity. Kucherera is a writer and activist.

When stabbed, he was attended to, in a health facility, he says, “That’s not the case for all asylum seekers- health workers need information about asylum seekers to know that they can be helped at public facilities.” In South Africa, he experiences discrimination akin to apartheid. In his book, The Exodus Down South, he writes, ‘It crossed my mind that borders were possibly the second most cruel thing that has ever happened to Africa, after slavery.’ In his book, he shares, ‘the promise and brutality of hope, what it means to have it, to hold onto it, to lose it and build it all up again’.

Kucherera’s book is being turned into a stage performance, and moving forward, he wishes to make it accessible. Perhaps, even, have it translated to a South African language.

For more information on Kucherera or to purchase the book contact, Oswaldkucherera@gmail.com. - Supplied.

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