In a rather unusual sight for La Paz, several Africans, both men and women, have been spotted around town recently. They’ve traveled all the way from Guinea, embarking on a long and challenging journey with a significant destination in mind – the northern border of Mexico. Their goal? To apply for political asylum in the United States.
These travelers have shared with the press that they specifically chose the route through our state because of its reputation for safety. In a world where the journey of asylum seekers is fraught with risks and uncertainties, the relative security of the route through La Paz offers a beacon of hope.
Their homeland, Guinea, is a country with a rich tapestry of cultures and beliefs. Predominantly Muslim, with about 85% of the population following Islam, Guinea also has a significant number of Catholics. This diversity is a reflection of the varied backgrounds and stories that these travelers bring with them.
Their presence in La Paz is a reminder of the broader narratives of migration and asylum that are playing out across the globe. It’s a human story, one of seeking safety, security, and a new beginning. As they pass through our city on their way to their ultimate goal, they carry with them not just their belongings but also their hopes and dreams for a better future.