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Celebrations are underways in the Special Reception Center (CAS) in a small town in the Puglia region where on Sunday Matthia Anthony was born. He is the son of two young Nigerians who fled from the country a year ago, met in the center and now want to get married.

The couple arrived in Puglia after fleeing Nigeria and having crossed the Mediterranean a year ago. They were both housed in the Special Reception Center (CAS) of a small town in the Alta Murgia, Spinazzola, and fell in love. On Sunday, their baby boy Mattia Anthony was born, now the youngest resident of the Borgo Saraceno center, managed by the Senis Hospes cooperative. The new parents - 24-year-old Zachary and 19-year-old Joy Aigbedion - ''though affected by their personal stories, gave each other strength by being together,'' an official statement issued by the center says, ''finding the courage to start over, after being forced to leave Nigeria.'' Christian youths want to wed but are unable to produce necessary documents.


 The two Christian youths wanted to wed as soon as they found out she was pregnant but had been unable to due to a lack of official documents. The center said that ''their request was rejected by the Spinazzola registry office since did not have the necessary documents.'' Assisted on a pro bono basis by the local lawyer Giuseppe Lovaglio, the couple has asked for the application of their rights under the Geneva Convention and the Italian constitution and a verdict on the case will be given by the Trani court. (Picture showing Zachary and Joy Aigbedion with their baby boy Mattia Anthony. Copyright ANSA)
 

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