Lost & Found – Patrick’s Story

This bottle of wine reminds Patrick of what has been taken from him. Photo: Lisa Hogben/CMRC

This bottle of wine reminds Patrick of what has been taken from him. Photo: Lisa Hogben/CMRC

“it was when Patrick became a member of the ruling political party that life took a turn for the worst.”

Patrick grew up in Douala, Cameroon where he was working as an accountant when an opportunity arose to assist a local businessman in the wine export business. Later Patrick set up his own business with his wife, importing champagne.

However it was when Patrick became a member of the ruling political party that life took a turn for the worst. At one party meeting, he was asked to give a speech. The speech focused on the government’s record of incarceration of young people, the lack of rehabilitation opportunities offered in jail and focused on the growing level of violence against homosexuals. The party reacted swiftly and excommunicated Patrick.

Patrick joined the opposition party and soon found himself targeted. There were threats of poisoning. While out of town on business one day, the police stopped his car and arrested him. He was given a warning, either leave the country or be imprisoned indefinitely.

So Patrick sought asylum in Australia. His family remain at home.

This bottle of wine reminds him of what has been taken from him.

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