Maine Voices: Instead of cutting programs, we should invest in our people

… A recent Portland Press Herald article about a hearing in Augusta on proposed public assistance reforms included the thoughts of Antonie Bikamba, who fled political persecution and torture in Rwanda.

After a period on General Assistance, while awaiting a work permit, he earned a master’s degree and currently is a caseworker at Preble Street.

He is quoted as saying: "I didn’t cross the ocean to receive General Assistance. I came to Maine because I wanted a new life …" 

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