Antoinette Uwanyiguira |


My Refugee Story
Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Sub-Saharan Africa

"I was born in the providence of North Kivu in Congo. My country was peaceful but I left because of political problem and tribal conflicts. I went to a refugee camp in Cameroon for 9 months then came to Utah.

I went through the third country resettlement interview in Cameroon, Garwa and passed the interview. I was resettled to Utah due to the big family I had with 7 children.

When I arrived, I was surprised that nobody greeted each other in the mornings and that you don’t know your neighbor. To learn English was challenging, but the biggest challenge was to raise teenagers in the USA and to deal with the school system. American culture is different from African culture especially with youth and families. People here are not social.

However, since my arrival I have worked hard, I got my high school diploma. I can now read and write in English. I am proud of my daughter who is going to college.

My future goal is to support women to work hard and go to school. The American relocation experience taught me if you work hard you can be someone."

- Antoinette Uwanyiguira

Political Landscape
Democratic Republic of Congo Refugee Crisis

Following the Rwandan invasion into the DRC in pursuit of génocidaires, as well as the complex first and second Congo wars in 1996 and 1998, better known as “Africa’s World War,” the continuing refugee crisis in DRC is the consequence of approximately 16 years of armed conflict. Rebel groups continue to fight throughout different regions in the country to obtain control of the central government and its resources. Human rights groups have called the DRC “the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman” as Congolese armed groups have committed serious abuses against humanity: rape, torture, and mass killings being their main arsenal.

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