Share the Journey – From Africa to the United States

I recently visited Virginie Kalwaye, surrounded by wonderful babies at Catholic Charities, to hear a little more about her life as a migrant. She and her family were refugees for 15 years before resettling here in Louisville in September of 2015.

Now, she works part-time with the children and babies at Catholic Charities’ nursery, while the parents attend English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

She originally came from the Democratic Republic of Congo where she managed a store. But a war that began in 1995 eventually usurped the safety of everyday life and in the year 2000, at age 28, she and her family fled the area where they lived.

“Before the war, life was good,” she told me. “When the war started in 1995, life became difficult. In 2000, life started to be very bad.”

That’s when she and her family lost everything and became migrants.


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