CLEVELAND– A rapper from Japan found himself stranded in Cleveland, even robbed on inner-city streets and activists have turned to the I-Team to find out if anyone can help.
Ryo Muranaka said he sold everything to travel 6,000 miles from Japan to Cleveland’s east side. He did it dreaming of meeting and performing with his hip-hop heroes: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. But he caught the attention of activists when they found him alone, broke and even robbed of his luggage.
We spoke to him using an interpreter function on his phone. We asked why he came to Cleveland, and he answered, simply, “Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.” A super fan, but he also admitted coming here the way he did was super risky.
“I thought I could get in the US in exchange for my CD,” Muranaka said. “No. No plan. One-way ticket.”
James Norton and Kwas Bibbs saw a stranger in great danger. So, they took him in to get him help, but his temporary permission to be in this country has run out. They said they’ve had no help from government agencies or private organizations.
“You might have a reputation for a negative neighborhood, but there are good people in the neighborhood,” Norton said.
“Cleveland has a reputation of violence and drugs and all this other stuff, but Cleveland has a soul,” Bibbs said.