Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title page

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pp. 2-2

Copyright page

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pp. 3-3

Contents

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pp. iii-5

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Introduction

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pp. v-7

In transhumance, man and livestock move from the dry pasture in the mountains to the greener grass in the valleys. The reward, the green patches of grass along the banks of rivers and lakes, can often be seen from a distance. So man and animals ...

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1. American visa

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pp. 1-5

Albert Ndifon had always wanted to immigrate to the USA but was repeatedly refused a visa. After University, he got a high school teaching job but kept looking for an opportunity to move to the USA. Then he got invited to attend a short course on the role of ...

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2. America here I come

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pp. 7-13

Albert chose to depart from Douala airport. Though his flight was late Tuesday night, he chose to leave Yaounde for Douala a day earlier. It turned out to be a wise decision because the head of state, aka Lionman, was visiting Douala on Tuesday. The main roads in Yaounde were ...

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3. At the airport

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pp. 15-20

Albert flew into the Hartford International Airport. Fatigued from the flight, he wanted to get to his friend’s house as soon as possible. However, immigration and customs agents awaited. ...

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4. Identity Relay

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pp. 21-64

On the weekend, Albert and Samson attended a birthday party for a five year old kid. It was hard to tell the age of the kid from the amount of planning and the guest list. There were more adults than kids; and the kids were relegated to the background when the party started. ...

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5. Marriages of Convenience

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pp. 65-80

Albert’s friends, most of whom he had not seen for a long time, either came to visit him or invited him to their homes. This was a common trend for new immigrants; the first couple of weeks after arrival, friends and ...

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6. Paul, the Powerful

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pp. 81-92

Paul was next to visit Albert. He was happy to see Albert and especially pleased that Albert had finally made it to America. He claimed America was the place to be, but immediately contradicted himself with what he said next. ...

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7. Matt the cheat

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pp. 93-99

... Matt was a business man in Cameroon before leaving for the USA. He supplied building material for construction projects in villages and small towns. His clients were government and private contractors. He usually received 50% advance pay and the rest when he supplied the products. ...

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8. What about a success story?

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pp. 101-107

"Life seems hard for most of our friends here in the USA. What is going on? Is it that hard to live here?” Albert asked Samson. “Yes, it is tough for most people. In this country, the average person is one pay cheque away from homelessness. ...

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9. To stay or not to stay

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pp. 109-115

Albert had a decision to make, stay in America and build a case for asylum or return to Cameroon. Because he had left Cameroon during the long school vacation, he was not missing any work. He had also come a month ahead of his course and still had time to attend it. ...

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Note to the reader

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pp. 117-118

I hope you enjoyed reading this book. My editor raised a few concerns after reading this book and I am guessing that many readers might have the same questions. Consequently I have preemptively addressed some of those questions. ...

Back cover

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pp. 128-128