Bertine Bahige Presents on the Refugee Community Across Wyoming State

Bertine Bahige Presents on the Refugee Community Across Wyoming State

What initially started with Bertine’s presentation at the University of Wyoming has transformed into a series of informative sessions on the refugee issues particular to Wyoming. The Humanity Council approached Bertine and has, since the beginning of the year, coordinated and presented on these issues across the state.

From Laramie, WY where the University is located, Bertine next went to the largest town in the state, Casper, WY where he talked with close to 200 people at the local community college. Then he moved to Gillette, …

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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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