Activist Boniface Mwangi detained in Paris with family
04 September 2015, 13:04
Nairobi - Award winning Kenyan photojournalist and social-political
activist Boniface Mwangi is was recently detained in Paris with his entire
family. He and his family were on their way back to Nairobi from New York when
this unfortunate incident took place, leaving them stranded in an airport for
more than 24 hours.
The reason behind them being detained was that the airline
that they were flying with delayed by an hour causing them to miss their
connection flight. The tickets that they were given there after required them
to have a Schengen visas, but the airline neglected to inform the family of
All in the name of trying to keep out illegal immigrants,
the French police refused to let them leave the airport despite them having to
be there for more than 24 hours.
Boniface protested their treatment on his
social media page.
“We are stranded in France not because we want to but
the airline made a mistake and we the paying passengers are suffering.” He went
on to add “I went back to the border police base to ask about the denial and
the officer l found couldn't even look at me. The French police may justify
they're trying to keep out illegal immigrants but the lack of empathy,
understanding and zero effort in listening to us hurts.”
Take a look at some of
the pictures he took of the ordeal here.
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