Community gathers to honor asylum seeker who passed away after enduring hours in the cold while waiting for Mississauga shelter.

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Community members gathered over the weekend to mourn the passing of Delphina Ngigi, a Kenyan asylum seeker who tragically died just three days after arriving in Canada. The solemn vigil took place at Dominion Church in North York. Ngigi’s sister, Faith Wairimu, who is currently in Florida due to visa restrictions, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from Canadians during this difficult time. She highlighted the importance of kindness and helping others, as demonstrated by the community’s response to their loss.

Ngigi’s arrival at a shelter in Mississauga was met with challenges, including waiting outside in the cold for hours. She collapsed while showering at the shelter and passed away shortly after being taken to the hospital. Wairimu fondly recalled Ngigi’s positive attitude upon finally reaching Canada, making her sudden death all the more heartbreaking. Ngigi, a mother of four children in Kenya, was not able to fulfill her dream of starting a new life in Canada, but her family hopes to raise funds to bring her back home for her final rest.

Ngigi’s untimely death has reignited calls for better support and funding for asylum seekers, especially in Peel Region. The community, both locally and globally, has shown tremendous support and solidarity in honoring Ngigi’s memory and addressing the systemic issues that contributed to her passing. Pastor Eddie Jjumba emphasized the need for concrete actions to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

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