70-year-old African living in USA appeals for help to return home

70-year-old African living in USA appeals for help to return home

- William Mwangi Kagwima travelled to the United States in 1998 in search of greener pastures

- He was a hardworking Kenyan and life was going well until 2018 when he lost his eyesight

- With his eyesight gone, Mwangi was not able to continue with work and eventually exhausted his savings

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A Kenyan man who has been working and living in the US for over two decades has sent out an emotional appeal for help to enable him return home in Nyandarua county.

William Mwangi Kagwima who travelled to America in 1998 is suffering in the foreign land, some 13,713 kilometres away from his birthplace in Kenya, and he is now desperately appealing to well-wishers to come to his rescue.

70-year-old Kenyan living in America appeals for help return home after going broke

William Mwangi Kagwima, 70, has been staying in the United States since 1998. He lost his eyesight in 2018 and ever since life has not been easy. Photo: Mwakilishi.

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Mwangi's plight came to light after a section of Kenyans living in the diaspora decided to create a Whatsapp group in efforts to help the 70-year-old fly back home, Briefly.co.za found.

The same message was shared on Diaspora Messenger, a platform where people from the East African Community (EAC) living in the diaspora can find news and information on what is going on in the region.

According to Diaspora Messenger, Mwangi who reportedly stays in Worcester MA city is no longer able to continue with his life in America after he developed vision problems and lost eyesight in 2018.

Without eyesight, he was forced to stop working and this means taking care of his bills also became a challenge.

“Just like every other immigrant, he worked hard until last year when he started losing his eyesight and could not work anymore.
He has endured severe hardship and has exhausted his savings. He is requesting the community to send him back home to his family,” the Diaspora Messenger's notice read.

Mwangi shared his predicaments in America via a video posted on social media.

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The man from Nyandarua further disclosed he was taking medicines prescribed by eye specialists in the US but he did not recover his sight.

As of the 2010 census, there were an estimated 92,638 Kenyan citizens living in America.

Additional, 30,000 Kenyans are said to be living in the US without authorisation according to Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at Pew Research Centre based in Washington DC.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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