Seeking Asylum: From West Africa to New York City

Seeking Asylum: From West Africa to New York City

Adapting to life in New York has been a challenging experience for this artist from West Africa. He once worked as a sculptor and painter who used mixed materials to build large public installations. He was falsely accused of plotting against his government and subsequently arrested and tortured. With the assistance of HealthRight’s Human Rights Clinic, he is currently receiving legal counsel and guidance through the process of seeking asylum in the United States. Currently, he works in New York City as a cab driver. Though he is continually inspired by his new surroundings, the high cost of living and a demanding work schedule leave little time for artwork. He expresses a deep longing for the days in Burkina Faso when he supported himself solely on his artwork, and hopes that asylum will help provide the security he needs to once again earn a living through art.