Habtom's Path / Wild Art

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Producer Mary Lynk follows a story about Eritrean refugee Habtom Kibraeb, who committed suicide after his refugee claim had been denied by Immigration Canada.

The story began in a dusty, hot village in Eritrea, and ended in an icy wood in Halifax.

That day, Habtom Kibraeb was told that his refugee claim had been denied by Immigration Canada. Deportation was almost certain. Now - on Habtom's path - from shepherd boy to young solider, from runaway to laundry worker - there was an obstacle he couldn't face, a fate from which he saw no escape.

So in his mother tongue of Tigrinya, he wrote a letter to the people he cared about most. Then he hung himself from a tree in a Halifax neighbourhood he knew well.

His friends, his advocates, his community struggled to piece together what happened and why.

Wild Art
Back in 2009 Vancouver was preparing for the Olympics, and the city's downtown east-side was getting a face-lift. Alleys were being "greened, " Parks were being renovated, and walls were getting a fresh coat of paint. But with all this aesthetic improvement - something was also being lost, and that something is wild art. Also known as graffiti, wild art is the art found in the dark corners and back alleys of cities everywhere.

To some, it's nothing more than vandalism. To others, it's a vital form of artistic expression that can literally mean the difference between life and death. Freelance Contributor Jen Moss spent some time on the downtown east side, talking to people who live there. Her documentary: is called Wild Art and it originally aired on The Current in October of 2009.

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