On Monday, CBC News launched the Who Gets In series, a collection of reports on television, radio and online that take a closer look at Canada's changing immigration system.
The CBC's issued a call out for immigration stories and heard from people who were long settled, newly arrived and still waiting. They flooded the inbox with stories of gratitude and joy, but also of anguish and anger.
One of the responses came from Hamilton's Mubotulo Louise Matenda. Here's her story:
Mubotulo Louise Matenda
In 1998, I was in Beni, Congo. Soldiers came into my house and said they want to see my husband, a pastor, to take him to become a soldier. I told them he was not home. When they came back, they beat me in front of my children and took everything valuable from my house. They said if they come back and find him they will kill our whole family. When they came back my husband was there, but he escaped.
After that, I told my seven kids we had to go and took them without anything: no money, no food. We ended up in a refugee camp in Kampala, Uganda.
By the grace of God, my husband found us. But then, one day, he was kidnapped. When I heard what happened I started to cry and cry. The police couldn't find him. We went to the immigration office and told them what happened, and we were brought to Canada.
A few months after being here, someone told us they saw my husband in Uganda again. He spent three months in the hospital because they beat him. I told the government I can't live here alone without him.
I applied for my husband to come here. He had an interview with the government in Canada, but I found out later he didn't pass. I don't know why.
In my heart I feel like there is something wrong. They quit his file. They told him to appeal. I cried like a baby when I found out. I can't live here another year without my husband. I miss him for everything.
He is not safe in Uganda. When my kids ask when they can see him again, all I can say is "I don't know."
- Read the full CBC Community Blog: CBC readers share joys and pains of immigration