Monday, May 3, 2010

Donations end woman's hunger strike


Posted at: 05/03/2010 8:13 AM

By: Misa Maruyama, Eyewitness News 4

Nkazi Sinandile, or Mama Kazi

An Albuquerque woman who went on a 16 day hunger strike has received an outpouring of community support.

On Friday, Eyewitness News 4 aired a story about Nkazi Sinandile, known as Mama Kazi, who was trying to raise awareness about people who came to New Mexico to escape violence in their own countries. Since then, strangers have been donating sewing machines, yarn, fabric and clothes.

"I'm grateful for what they've done for the families because these women are able to sew, then they can make money," said Sinandile.

"They're beautiful, and everything is good," said 14-year-old refugee Delphine Mpawemmana, as she looked at the donated fabric. "I can't wait to sew."

Meagan Earickson of Albuquerque donated a used station wagon, which belonged to her late grandfather.

"It came to me when I needed it. It served its purpose and I don't really have a need for it, so I wanted to return the favor," Earickson said.

Sinandile said she'll use the car to take refugee families to community centers where children play, while their parents sew and learn to read and write.

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