Edday Nderitu and her three children moved to the US in May 2023 and it’s now clear she won’t go back to Kenya soon.
The mother of three was hosted by Bernice Saroni at her house in Boston, Massachusetts when she first arrived in the US.
In August, Edday announced she had enrolled her children in school in the US.
Last week (early September), Edday announced that she had landed a new job and was moving into her own house.
Edday couldn’t get a job or enroll her children in school in the US with just a tourist visa.
Apparently Samidoh’s estranged wife applied for asylum when she landed in the US.
To seek asylum, one must already be in the U.S. and believed to be in danger of persecution if they return to their country.
Asylum is a form of protection which allows an individual to remain in the United States instead of being removed (deported) to a country where they fear persecution or harm.
Under U.S. law, people who flee their countries because they fear persecution can apply for asylum. If they are granted asylum, this gives them protection and the right to stay in the United States.
A source said Edday applied for asylum claiming she was fearing for her life and those of her children because her husband Samidoh, who is a police officer, had eloped with a well-connected senator, Karen Nyamu, who threatened her.
Apparently Edday said if she returned to Kenya her life and that of her children would be in danger.
In asylum application, persecution can be harm or threats of harm to you or your family or to people similar to you. A person can also obtain asylum if he or she has suffered persecution in his or her country in the past.
Under US law, people who flee their countries due to fear of persecution can apply for asylum, and if granted, they are given protection and the right to stay in the United States.
People seek asylum in the United States for a variety of reasons, primarily related to escaping persecution, violence, or other forms of harm in their home countries.
Women and members of the LGBTQ+ community may seek asylum to escape gender-based violence, including domestic violence, forced marriage, or persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Seeking asylum is a legal process, and individuals must meet specific criteria and prove that they have a well-founded fear of persecution or harm in their home country to be eligible for asylum in the United States.
Asylum seekers often undergo a thorough screening and interview process to assess the validity of their claims.
To work legally in the U.S. while their asylum application is pending, asylum seekers must apply for and obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), also known as a work permit. This document allows them to work legally in the United States.