Nigerian refugee fights for a life and his marriage in the U.S.

January 31, 2012

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(Courtesy of Immigrant Connect)
Eugene Peba, right, works in a nursing home in Chicago.

Eugene Peba is an immigrant here in Chicago. A member of Nigeria's Ogoni tribe, he fled persecution in his home country for the U.S. seven years ago. Now, Eugene works in Chicago and is married to an American -- and he's also facing a protracted legal battle to stay in this country on asylum grounds. His story reveals the byzantine, high-stakes world that many foreigners who come to this country face.

Students from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism recently met Eugene as part of their reporting work for the website Immigrant Connect. Led by their professor, Jack Doppelt, they reported Eugene's story.

Eugene, Jack and Northwestern student Karen Chen join Worldview to explain why Eugene is fighting to stay in the United States.


To read the original article on Eugene Peba, written by Northwestern students on Immigrant Connect, click here.


Watch this video of Eugene's story: