Dozens support Columbia County woman in custody battle

HUDSON – Alima Bonsa is facing a legal battle for custody of her children. She was in Columbia County Family Court on Thursday arguing to protect them from what she said is the abuse she has endured from her husband for years.

Bonsa, who is a native of an African nation, maintains she was bought by a human trafficker when she was 18, taken with the Columbia County man to various  cities around the US and world, forced to marry him and bear his children.

She now lives in Old Chatham and is seeking a divorce and legal custody of her children.

On Thursday, dozens of people, led by the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, gathered outside the courthouse in Hudson to lend their support to her cause.

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