Introducing the unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia

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“As he jumped out of the door I grabbed his left leg tight, and he was shot in the head. He dragged me on his way down without the rebels knowing. I quickly rolled under the bus with my legs out among the dead.”

Each of the nearly 38,000 immigrants in Worcester has a story to tell, but we don’t believe you’ve ever heard a story quite like that of Augustine Kanjia.

Worcester has long been a city of immigrants. A new wave of immigrants has driven the foreign-born population of Worcester to its highest level since the 1950s. They represent 21 percent of the city’s population.

Augustine Kanjia

Mark A. Henderson / Worcester Sun

Augustine Kanjia with his wife, Theresa Johnson, and his 17-month-old daughter, Ann-Britt Anna.

Kanjia came to the city in 2010. He was an investigative reporter and photojournalist in the West African nations of Sierra Leone and Gambia from 1994 to 2009. He escaped the brutal civil war that raged in Sierra Leone from 1991 to 2002.

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