Behind the Door - Refugees in Abilene

Published 11/27 2013 10:37PM

Updated 11/28 2013 12:27AM

It was earlier this year that we told you, Aloys Nzeyimana, the former City of Abilene employee who acted as translator for African refugees in Abilene, would be walking away from several charges of sexual assault. These charges had allegedly been committed within the African Refugee community. He was arrested in December of 2010, but allegations of the assaults had been going on several years prior.

As the trial approached, victims who first agreed to testify in the case changed their minds or moved out of town. That's when prosecutors and Nzeyimana's defense team said victims changed their minds because of death threats made against their family members back in Africa.

The trial has since been canceled. Due to the cancellation, an explosive piece of evidence was never made public, until now.

The piece of information that was never made public was uncovered when KTAB pulled the public records that surrounded the case. Turns out, back in March of 2011 Abilene Police had to exhume the body of a 3 month old baby who died of natural causes to perform a DNA test. The test showed the father of the baby was Aloys Nzeyimana. The mother of the child said she was sexually assaulted by Nzeyimana which resulted in her pregnancy.

The fact that the case never went to trial, begs the question. Are other crimes going unreported within the African Refugee Community in Abilene? We went to the local office of the International Rescue Comity, and contacted them several times without a response. Even when asked to talk about the work they do in general, in bringing in refugees from war torn countries, KTAB still didn't receive a response. 

KTAB did get some insight from refugees in Abilene themselves. Those we could find, who would talk to us, but not on camera. One man we spoke to through his screen door, who didn't want to be identified, says he has adopted U.S rules and laws and is thankful to be here. On the other hand, another man who is also an African refugee, said crimes are committed against African Refugees in Abilene, perpetrated by other refugees.

Crimes do go unreported, for two reasons. The first is the fear of the justice system embedded in the culture that stems from corrupt governments in Africa. The second reason is African Families here worry for their families back home,and what could happened to them, if word gets back that they have turned in an African refugee. 

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