Dem. Rep. of Congo

Reflections of a Refugee Turned Advocate

Jun 21, 2019

Kassim Hussein Rajab, a refugee from DRC, tells his story on Capitol Hill and advocates for policy changes to help refugees.

A Joyful Life Becomes a Work of Art

Jul 12, 2016

Even more than the perpetual smile on his face, Sebazira Amatutule is known for his eagerness to help others. After 17 years in a refugee camp, Amatutule was resettled to the U.S. with his two children. Despite working full time as a landscaper and raising two kids on his own, he always makes time to help anyone who asks. Amatutule’s inspiring story is now part of a photography exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.

Kids Day Out: Uganda [VIDEO]

Jan 04, 2016

Forty four refugee children, all currently receiving therapy from HIAS’ trained staff, enjoyed a day out in Kampala, Uganda. “It’s an opportunity for the children to feel welcomed, loved and accepted in this world. It’s an opportunity to rekindle their hope," said Timothy Mukua, psychosocial program manager at HIAS Uganda.

Video: Winnie Gacheru on HIAS' Work in Kenya

Oct 21, 2015

Winnie Gacheru, director of psychosocial programs at HIAS Kenya, describes working with some of the world's most vulnerable refugees in this short video.

Safehouses Offer Protection to Refugees in Dire Jeopardy

Mar 26, 2015

Last month, while visiting Nairobi, Kenya to train HIAS local staff on resettling vulnerable refugees, I met “Sylvia”, a refugee living in a HIAS safehouse on the outskirts of the city. For refugees like Sylvia, who have exceptionally serious protection concerns, safehouses provide critical short-term security while they await resettlement—often their only option for long-term safety and freedom from persecution.

Reciting the Shehecheyanu in Uganda

Feb 01, 2015

I have recited the Shehecheyanu prayer more times than I can remember. Often I mutter the words in a perfunctory manner as part of a holiday blessing. Sometimes tears stream down my cheeks as I recite the blessing in a moment of great joy. But never have the words carried the meaning that they did when I recited the prayer during a recent visit to a HIAS-run support group for young Congolese refugees in Kampala, Uganda.