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Refugee Nearly Freezes To Death Fleeing To Canada Via Upstate New York Woods

This sign marks the Canadian side of the border at one rural area where many people are crossing illegally into Canada. Mamadou was in the woods somewhere within 20 miles of here.
Photo by Kathleen Masterson

Many recent immigrants living in the U.S. are scared that their claims for asylum won’t have a fair hearing by the Trump administration. Hundreds of those people are fleeing to Canada; and for one man the journey through the frigid, snowy woods nearly killed him.

Mamadou, 45, fled his native country Cote D’Ivoire 10 years ago, escaping a brutal civil war.

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