The city of Boise is a welcoming community made up of a beautifully diverse population. For years, it has served as a safe harbor for refugees, not only as a destination on their long journey to find asylum, but also as a place to call home. The process of resettling in a new country is difficult and involves culture shock, learning a new language, and redefining your entire life.
The stories of the members of our community that have come here as refugees are important and deserve to be voiced. Whether they can tell their story in English, or with the help of a translator, we are here to listen to their stories in their purest forms.
I left my home due to security situation in the country
after they breaked into our home and
killed my dad along with my aunt at night.
As everyone one fled into his own direction,
I had no choice than to flee to Uganda by
walking at night, hiding by day.
I arrived in Boise in September 1, 2016. The very first time I stepped on American soil in Houston where the plane dropped me, I was like "Oooh my God, am I the one or someone else"
I remembered how I escaped death and 10 years in the refugee camp.Then from the camp to America I was full of joy seeing how I no longer live in fear of being harmed.
The only fear I remained with and which is faraway beyond me
is my wife that I left behind in camp where by she is suffering a lot with fear
The funny memories which impressed me most
was to see that there is no jobs for men and women
All are the same regardless of gender.
I was touched also by the climate of Boise which
is similar to where I was born.
Also to see how Boise has a love towards the refugees
which inspired me.
The Agency of New Americans helped me a lot
that I can't tell, they facilitated me to be integrated
in a the community, to find a job, enrolling in English
My first job was working to family Franz Backary
in Nampa. Where by I had the challenge of language barrier
because of the accent and most were Mexican people
The money I get helps me to pay the bills as you
know that this is a country of bills
I am proud to see that there there is peace, nothing
is late, because I know that I am going to start my
school next year, to improve my accent and finish my
For fun, I like football and singing
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