Three thousand miles. That’s how far Josephine walked through the jungle to escape the bloody civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo to reach South Africa. Josephine’s indomitable spirit helped her escape from war-torn Congo and adjust to her new life in Utah. Her story will touch your heart.
Kaltum, a refugee from Sudan who arrived in Salt Lake City in 2013, took her love of cooking and turned it into a new business: “Mother of All” catering.
Then it was Saida’s turn to speak. A sixteen-year-old refugee from Somalia who spent the first three years of her life in a Kenyan refugee camp, Saida escaped the turmoil and destruction in her native land to make a home in Utah with her family. Wearing a big smile, a black hijab with white stripes, and a “Black Lives Matter” sweatshirt, she strode confidently to the microphone.
“I’m black, I’m Muslim, I am all these stereotypes. I’m a woman. My whole identity has been under attack.”