Toronto

They aren’t a news story to me, they are now my friends

Tim Goodall, Toronto ON

Dear Mr. Alexander;

FREE LULU!

Sunday May 25, 2014 I met Jozsef Pusuma his wife Timea Daroczi and their lovely daughter Lulu.  Sunday was my 12 year old son’s confirmation to our church community.  May 23, 2014 my son took time off school to rally outside of your Constituency Office asking that Lulu be free.  He has created a power point presentation, which he has taken to various organizations to highlight the situation that the Pusuma’s are in.  In gratitude for my son’s caring efforts, Jozsef cooked traditional Hungarian food and gave it to my family as gift to be shared with all who came to the confirmation. Jozsef, a kind, thoughtful, caring man shared with me his desire to live in Canada.  He talked about his hope of one day opening a Hungarian restaurant, were he will serve great food and offer live music.

You should try this man’s cooking it is fantastic.

BACKGROUND:  Jozsef and Timea are high profile human rights activists from Hungary.  Both are Roma.  Mr. Pusuma is half Jewish.  Mr. Pusuma worked as a hate crimes investigator for Ms. Viktoria Mohacsi, an influential leader in the struggle for Roma rights and a former Member of European Parliament.

After years of enduring threats and harassment, Mr. Pusuma, Ms. Daroczi and their very young daughter Lulu were attacked by four thugs with clubs, members of the Hungarian Guard in July 2009. This incident was the culminating event that led the family to flee from Hungary to Canada to seek protection as refugees.

Jozsef and Timea are human rights defenders; that is a fundamental reason why they are in danger in Hungary. They have solid evidence to prove this fact, and they gave it to their lawyer long before their refugee hearing. However, the lawyer never submitted that evidence to the Immigration and Refugee Board, and didn`t prepare them properly for their hearing. On the day of their refugee hearing, their lawyer did not show up and an interpreter and immigration consultant on the lawyer’s staff came instead.

Because of the lawyer’s failure to submit their evidence to the Immigration and Refugee Board, it was never considered, and as a result, their refugee claim was refused.

February, 2014 a committee of the Law Society`s governing body determined that “the investigation of the matter disclosed evidence of professional misconduct” by their first lawyer and the Committee authorized discipline proceedings against him.

I say free Lulu, because the Pusuma’s lovely little girl Lulu has been living in sanctuary for over two years in cramped conditions in a West End Toronto church.  She cannot go to school; the Pusuma’s cannot go outside for fear of deportation.  I am writing this letter in support of the Pusuma family.  I know that your office is quite aware of this case.  There is a petition with over 42,000 signatures.  There was the, afore mentioned, rally at your C.O.  “Once you witness an injustice you are no longer an observer, you are a participant” – June Callwood.  I feel it is now incumbent upon me to formally add my voice to the many and urge you to please issue the Pusuma family a Temporary Resident Permit while they continue to fight for residency in Canada.

In summary:  Sunday May 25th, I watched the Pusuma family interacting with my family and friends and members of the community. They became our friends.  They aren’t a news story to me, they are now my friends.  I watched as we shared Jozsef’s kind gift of Hungarian cuisine.  People were raving about how amazing everything tasted.  They thanked Jozsef for the wonderful food.  I watched everyone share and discuss the news of the day, share jokes, laugh, shake hands, pats on backs, fond embraces, together we cleaned up and did the dishes as family and friends do.  We all pitched in.  I watched Lulu playing with other children and at the end of the luncheon; we all wished each other well.  Mr. Alexander, the Pusuma’s are already a Canadian family, we just need to make it official.  Get them out of sanctuary and let them start contributing to our great country.

As we all left Sunday, to enjoy the beautiful, much anticipated spring weather we all had a collective lump in our throats.  We get to leave.  Not the Pusuma’s.  For a brief, shining moment they were engulfed in the warmth of family and friendship.  Then we all left them – alone in their tiny one room “home”.

It is my sincere hope that the day comes soon, when you will be able to sit in Jozsef’s Hungarian restaurant, try his Broccoli soup with homemade pasta dumplings and enjoy the best Paprikash I have ever tasted.  I hope that you will see the broad smile on the faces of the Pusuma family, a Canadian family and say to yourself, “I helped make this happen.”

Respectfully,

Tim Goodall

Toronto Canada

I am full of admiration

Nancy Anaya, Toronto ON

Dearest Lulu, Jozsef and Timea,

I just learnt about your story today and it brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry you are experiencing such difficult circumstances. I am full of admiration for your great faith and for all the work you have done to help the Roma in Hungary. I feel angry and sad for the people who attacked you and for the negligent lawyer that misrepresented you.

I am catholic and I believe that God allows bad things to happen to good people to use them as an example of courage, determination and faith. I can assure you that your story is moving many hearts, is opening our eyes to the terrible discrimination the Roma people continue to face, and I can assure that in the middle of your suffering you will have moments of great joy, because you are experiencing the love of many people that is doing everything they can to help you.
 
I pray that God continues giving you strength and hope. I will hold you in my prayers, specially little Lulu, who God has blessed with the opportunity to have you and felt profoundly loved.
 
Heartfelt blessings,
Nancy Anaya

Hope from a former Sri Lankan refugee

Sivam Sivanesan, Toronto ON

To:

Jozsef, Timea and Lulu

Hi There

I read your story in Toronto Star and It  broke my heart. In my experience I am telling you, you will get free life like me and others in Canada. you are now struggling because your lawyer who does not have feeling for others.

I came Canada as a refugee from Srilanka. Canada welcomed and hugged me with its warmed hands. I am now enjoying free life. Be sure Canada will not give you hardship. very soon you are going to enjoy  your life in Canada.

I just called Minister of Citizenship and Immigration on 613 995 8042. No one picked up -may be holiday- I any way left voice message in voice mail supporting to you.

I am going to ask my kids  who are in grade 6 and 5 to support you.  I hope they will take your problem to their school. I am sure that you will get more support from there too.

Feeling for you

Sivam and Family

Thoughts and Prayers for Lulu from Members of The Salvation Army 614, Regent Park, Toronto, ON

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Dear Lulu my thoughts and prayers go out to your family that you can stay in canada and make a ton of friends

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God Love you. Don’t Give up. With Love.

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Dear Lulu, How is like in the chuch? I hope you and your family can have a really great life.

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Dear Lulu and Family, Happy Birthday!!! I love you and hope you continue to be brave. I saw a picture of you in my church. May God guide and protect you. Love, Mary

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Bright eyes, a warm smile and a loose tooth

Marjorie Horeis, Toronto ON

Hi Lulu,

Just a short note to say,
It was a pleasure seeing you. I love the way you gave me a hug with your bright eyes and warm smile. I enjoyed hearing you show people your loose tooth. I am happy you are continuing to enjoy your special activity. When I was your age I loved it to.
I know something special is coming up for you. I hope to be able to make it.
Hugs and kisses xooxooxoxSmile emoticon

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