The war in Congo has many victims:
In war, women and children are often caught in the crossfire. But in Congo, where conflict is fuelled by the struggle over valuable minerals, rebels and even soldiers in the notoriously undisciplined Congolese army systematically target civilians — elderly women, toddlers, middle-aged fathers, young girls, mothers, teenage boys — using rape as a weapon to assert control over communities.
Despite the challenges of resettlement to America (or Canada, Australia, Norway … ) these kinds of dangers in a homeland, and the purgatories known as refugee camps, make the difficult process worthwhile to most. Everyday I am particularly thankful that the women I know from Congo are not living with a fear or personal attack.