Texas: Alexis Niyonkuru

Texas: Alexis Niyonkuru

State: Texas

City of Residence: Houston, Texas

Country of origin: Burundi

Arrival in the U.S.: 2007

Mr. Alexis Niyonkuru is a refugee from Burundi who was resettled to Houston, Texas in 2007. Shortly after his arrival to the U.S., Mr. Niyonkuru decided to join the Gary Job Corps Center, and within a couple years he received his High School Diploma, PCA Certificate, and a Certification in Transportation and Business Communications International Union. Because of the difficult situation he faced as a refugee, Mr. Niyonkuru and his friends decided to …

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Texas: Jean-Claude Mauridi

Texas: 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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Texas: Hadidja Nyiransekuye

Texas: Hadidja Nyiransekuye

State: Texas

City of Residence: Denton, Texas

Country of origin: Rwanda

Arrival in the U.S.: 2000

Ms. Hadidja Nyiransekuye is a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide. She was sponsored to come to the United States in 1998 based on her teaching experience and education background, as well as her extensive language skills, which include English, French, Swahili and Kinyarwanda. She and her four children were granted asylum in 2000. Ms. Nyiransekuye obtained her M.S.W. and her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Denver. She currently lives …

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