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Sedrick Ntwali: Blogger, Public Speaker and Congo Refugee

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Sedrick Ntwali: Blogger, Public Speaker and Congo Refugee

My name is Sedrick Ntwali and I was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Due to ongoing conflict in the country, my family and I fled to Uganda in 2007 where we lived as refugees for almost 6 years. I never thought I would have to move out of my country but the conflict forced us to do so. It was a very long trip and I remember sleeping outside for days before we found shelter in Kampala. There were a lot of challenges when we were living in Kampala as refugees. For our first year,...

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Pa Der Vang: Mother, College Professor, and Hmong Refugee

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Pa Der Vang: Mother, College Professor, and Hmong Refugee

I was born in July 1975 in a refugee camp.  My parents fled the war, towards the end of the Vietnam War in May 1975.  It ended on April 30th, so they escaped and arrived on a helicopter over the border into a Thai refugee camp, where I was born.  Along with my older brother, my parents came to the US in February 1976 or so, when I was six months old.  I was not able to stand yet.  The process to be a refugee in America was grueling, my parents had to submit their names as a refugee and...

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Lual Mayen: Entrepreneur, Game Developer and South Sudanese Refugee

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Lual Mayen: Entrepreneur, Game Developer and South Sudanese Refugee

My name is Lual Mayen and I am originally from South Sudan.  On November 15th, 1991, during the Second Sudanese Civil War, the Bor Massacre occurred, killing an estimate of 2000 civilians in Bor. The massacre was carried out mostly by Nuer fighters from SPLA-Nasir, a faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).  They were led by Riek Machar from SPLA and a militant group known as the Nuer White Army. In the years that followed, an estimated 25,000 more died from famine as their cattle were either stolen or shot.  As a result, my parents were displaced and...

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Omar Munie : International Fashion Designer, Humanitarian and Somali-Dutch Refugee

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Omar Munie : International Fashion Designer, Humanitarian and Somali-Dutch Refugee

My name is Omar Munie, I was born in Somalia. I fled from the civil war at the age of 9 from Somalia. It was very difficult to leave a country where there were so much wars. When I was a little boy the circumstances in Somalia were bad. My mother decided to put my sister, my brothers and me on a plane to Europe. She wanted us to have a better future. We first fled to Tanzania by a boat and we finally ended up in the Netherlands. I didn’t speak the Dutch language, but I realized that I...

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KaYing Yang: Social Justice Advocate, Director of Programs and Partnerships with the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, and Hmong Refugee

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KaYing Yang: Social Justice Advocate, Director of Programs and Partnerships with the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, and Hmong Refugee

I came to the United States on July 8, 1976 with my parents. When we arrived, I was probably 7 years old because I was put in third grade. The journey of leaving our country of Laos took several years. The Hmong had been displaced in Laos for many years due to being recruited by the CIA to be their foot soldiers during the Vietnam War. My father and thousands of young men were part of their Special Guerilla Unit. Our elders tell us that CIA representatives told Hmong leaders that they would be provided with all of the resources...

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