Jean-Claude Mauridi

Jean-Claude Mauridi

State: Texas

City of Residence: Fort Worth, Texas

Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Arrival in the U.S.: 1999

Mr. Jean-Claude Mauridi was 16 years old when war broke out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He fled his country in order to avoid recruitment by the rebels, and spent the next ten years in a refugee camp in Zimbabwe. He currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife, son, and two daughters where he works as an Employment Case Manager at a refugee services …

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Wyoming: Bertine Bahige

Wyoming: Bertine Bahige

State: Wyoming

City of Residence: Gillette, Wyoming

Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Arrival in the U.S.: 2003

Mr. Bertine Bahige fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the age of 15 when rebels raided his house and tried to forcibly recruit him. Traveling alone, he undertook a dangerous journey to a refugee camp in Mozambique. In 2003 he was selected for resettlement in the United States, and was originally placed in Maryland. In 2006 Mr. Bahige was offered a scholarship to the University of Wyoming …

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North Dakota: Kalisa Ndikumwimana

State: North Dakota

City of Residence: Fargo, North Dakota

Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Arrival in the U.S.: 2011

Mr. Kalisa Ndikumwimana is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was resettled in Fargo, North Dakota in 2011. He currently lives and works in Fargo as a pharmacy technician and a school translator at Davies South High School. He also works with the Unaccompanied Minor Program with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, an organization that he says has greatly impacted him by …

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Maryland: Beni DeDieu Luzau

Maryland: Beni DeDieu Luzau

State: Maryland

City of Residence: Silver Spring, Maryland

Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Beni DeDieu Luzau fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004 to avoid imprisonment for his advocacy work on LGBTI issues and HIV/AIDS awareness. In the U.S. he continues his work for social justice as a member of the National LGBTQ Task Force and founder of the Refugee Alliance Network (RAN). He also works as a correspondent for a Belgian Magazine called Telsquels, and serves as a …

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Idaho: Fidel Nshombo

Idaho: Fidel Nshombo

State: Idaho

City of Residence: Boise, Idaho

Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Arrival in the U.S.: 2006

Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mr. Fidel Nshombo was resettled to the United States in 2006 and currently resides in Boise, Idaho with his wife and four daughters. Mr. Nshombo fled violence in his home country when he was just twelve years old. Although he experienced great trauma throughout his childhood, he writes and shares his story to help overcome his past experiences. He has authored …

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