200 Ghanaian soccer fans seek asylum in Brazil

Hundreds of Ghanaians who entered Brazil as

tourists to watch World Cup games have asked for

asylum, police in southern Brazil said Thursday.

Noerci da Silva Melo, who heads the Federal Police

office in the city of Caxias, do Sul said that over

the past week, 200 Ghanaians asked for asylum.

The Justice Ministry will decide whether to grant

their requests and in the meantime, they are

allowed to work and circulate in Brazil.

The Justice Ministry did not immediately comment.

Melo said close to 150 of the Ghanaians have left

Caxias do Sul for the states of Sao Paulo and

Santa Catarina where they have a better chance of

finding employment.

Melo said the Ghanaians said they were Muslims

who were "fleeing the violent conflicts between

different Muslim groups."

He said they all entered Brazil legally to watch their

country's team play in Natal, Fortaleza and

Brasilia. Ghana finished last in its group, losing to

the United States and Portugal and reaching a draw

with Germany.

Vanessa Perini Moojen of the Roman Catholic

Church's Migrant Support Center said the asylum-

seekers "faced life-threatening situations back

home." She would not elaborate.

"They feel they can find work and better living

conditions in Brazil," she added.

The center provided temporary shelter for the

Ghanaians at the city's seminary and helped them

prepare their asylum requests.

[Credit: Appau Aheng]

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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