I remember this summer evening. My family drove out to Galveston and spent some time walking on the beach and playing in the water. I remember sitting in a canvas folding chair on the sand, watching and listening to the Gulf waves and reading Crooked House by Agatha Christie.
I wonder what filled my thoughts on this midsummer evening a couple of years ago, as I gazed up at the clear, deep blue sky. Most likely, I was listening to an audiobook while enjoying the calm darkness and warm evening air.
Jende Jonga and his wife Neni are a hardworking Cameroonian couple eking out a living in Harlem. Jende, an undocumented immigrant, earns money driving a livery cab, and Neni, in the country on a student visa, works in domestic services while pursuing her college education. Though their days are filled with low-wage labor, and their living conditions are meager, Jende and Neni strive to make the best of their situation, in hope of a better future for themselves and their young son.Continue reading