WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Author Msenwa Oliver Mweneake is sharing his story with audiences in Wilmington about his life as a refugee.
The Interfaith Refugee Ministry-Wilmington, along with UNCW's Department of International Studies, is sponsored a presentation by Mweneake on March 14 at UNCW's Morton Auditorium.
Mweneake described his harrowing journey from war and degradation in the Republic of Congo in 1996 to his new life in Oshawa, Canada, where he is a registered social worker helping others with similar experiences.
There are two more opportunities for you to hear from him while he's in Wilmington.
He will be at The Foxes Boxes on Wednesday, March 15 from 6-9 p.m. and he'll be signing copies of his book at Pomegranate Books on Thursday at 7 p.m.
"To this day I reflect on the countless times I was without medical care, food, shoes, shelter, family, and stability, but I hold no bitterness from these experiences," Mweneake said. "I now long for victims to regain hope just as others restored mine."
He said he was compelled to published a memoir, "Still With Us: A Refugee's Story of War, Resilience and Hope," to document his journey, and to help others.
According to Sara Pascal, the IRM-W sub-office coordinator, Mweneaike's story comes at a particularly important time since the entry of refugees into the United States is being challenged.
"Since 2010, our Wilmington resettlement agency, its volunteers and community partnerships have helped over 550 refugees from nine countries begin new lives here," Pascal said.
Pascal explained that people are invited to resettle in the U.S. through the federal Refugee Admissions Program after an arduous screening process involving the United Nations, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies.
"However the need is still great to support our current refugee population," Pascal said. "We are gladly accepting monetary donations to continue to provide strong services to the local refugee community."
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