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Manhattan Council race heats up with entrance of refugee turned migrant advocate

Posted on AllSides May 15th, 2024
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Edafe Okporo said he knew he had to leave his native Nigeria in 2016, as people were pounding on the door of his home in Abuja, threatening to kill him because of his sexual orientation. “Open the door! We know you are gay and we are going to kill you!” he recalled in an interview. He said he was beaten in front of his neighbors and hospitalized for weeks. Eight years later, the 34-year-old refugee is running for the New York City Council in 2025 — challenging incumbent Councilmember Shaun...

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