‘I’d never seen that kind of cold’: Ghanaian refugee recounts Christmas Eve border crossing in Manitoba

Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal couldn’t go back to Ghana, out of fear of persecution, and they couldn’t stay in the United States without facing deportation. So on Christmas Eve 2016, they headed north from Minneapolis to the Manitoba border and Canada beyond. It was a brutally cold December night. The men walked for hours. A trucker discovered them beside Highway 75, near Emerson, Man., half-frozen, expecting to die.

Seidu Mohammed spoke with Joe O’Connor by phone from Winnipeg about a...

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