Information and Resources for Working with Congolese Refugees

Video Series Focusing on the Health and Wellness of Congolese Refugees

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has developed a video series, Getting and Staying Well for Congolose Refugees, in collaboration with Congolese health experts, women’s helath advocates, and Congolese refugee community organizations. The video series is narrated in Kiswahili, but English subtitles can be activated by clicking on ther closed captions (CC) button in the YouTube player.

Introduction to Healthcare in the U.S. explains the role of healthcare providers, preventive care, and health insurance.

Your Body Before, During and After Pregnancy is a two-part video that describes the reproductive system, prenatal care, pregnancy, birth, and birth control methods.

Men Speak: Helping Women Heal is a dramatic skit with two Congolese men talking about the gender-based violence inflicted on their wives before resettlement and moving towards a path of healing.

Women Speak: Finding Wellness After War is a two-part dramatic skit with Congolese women in a support group talking about the gender-based violence they have experienced and finding strength in each other. A user’s guide in PDF format is also available.

Congolese Refugees in the U.S.

These 33-minute videos profile refugees from the Congo who discuss their experiences learning English, finding employment, housing and community, understanding rights and responsibilities, and the long process of resettlement. It would be useful for Congolese refugees abroad or recently arrived, as well as anybody who wants some insight into the challenges and opportunities that refugees in general face. Click here to download the transcript.

English

Kinyarwanda

Swahili

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. Many of the speakers in the video talk about the importance of learning English. What are some of the reasons they give? What are some ways to learn English? How do you plan to learn English? What challenges might you face?
  2. What types of jobs are the speakers in the video doing? What type of job would you like to have? What makes a person successful at their job?
  3. The nurse in the video says that it is common for people arriving to a new country and culture to experience many different emotions. Who can people reach out to for help when dealing with these emotions? What examples are provided in the video?
  4. “America has a lot of families from different nationalities,” one of the speakers in the video says, noting that people with different backgrounds work together, learn together and live together in the United States. Do you have friends who speak a different language than you do, or come from a different place? What do you both have in common? What have you learned from each other?
  5. One of the speakers talks about the need to “renew your mind” in order to adapt to life in the United States. What do you think it means to “renew your mind”?
  6. One speaker says that it is different being a parent in America than what she was used to before. In what ways do you think American expectations about parenting might differ from your own?

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