This week, Our Southern Souls is telling the stories of refugees who escaped war and persecution around the world to have a safer life in Mobile. Dwell Mobile works with these refugees to make their transition a little easier.
“I am from the Congo but moved to Uganda.I was six and left because of war. When it broke out in my village, I ran off. I just remember running away and I don’t know where my parents went. There were just bullets, bullets, bullets. I followed the crowd. After I got here, they contacted me to tell me my dad had passed. I lived with the people I ran away with. When we got to Uganda, there were a lot of people and they put us in tents. After a few months, we went to a UN refugee camp. They had food and clothing there and some spaces for growing food. I met my husband in church at the camp. We sang together in children’s choir. My husband and his family lived in the camp before I got there and they shared their food with me. It took 18 years for our names to come up to be resettled. We have been here since last September. We had a social worker and translator and they told us the way you lived at home is not going to be the way you live here. Don’t let your kids run off without your parents like they did at camp. Lock your house. Someone showed us how to shop at Walmart and we found people who spoke our language at church. They showed us around. I love to sing. When I am lonely, I sing and I feel better. When I am sick, I sing and I feel better. When I sing gospel songs I feel powerful, like nothing can happen to me.”