Divine Lubungo

From: Rutshuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo  Current City: Fargo, ND
"Guns were our music. My sister and I used to make it funny. Instead of being scared like most people‚ we would make fun of the guns’ sounds and pretend like they were drums."
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Ever since she was young, Divine Lubungo has wanted to work in the field of medicine. Living in the United States has given her the opportunity to accomplish her dreams.

Divine was born in the small village of Rutshuru located neat the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As a child she loved to climb trees to find mangos and swim in the river with her friends. While Divine enjoyed a mostly carefree life, there were many dangers near her home. She regularly heard the sound of gunfire from the ongoing civil war. 

One morning, Divine heard rumors that rebels where attacking some neighboring villages. Completely terrified, she decided to leave her home and go to Uganda. Divine walked for a day and a half before finally reaching the border and becoming a refugee in Uganda. Divine spent six hard years living in Uganda. She didn’t speak the language, was unable to attend school, and dealt with discrimination from the native Ugandans. 

Divine later applied from refugee resettlement in the United States. When she received it, she was overjoyed; coming to America was a dream come true. When she finally arrived in Fargo, North Dakota, Divine was shocked by how different everything looked. Currently, she is a high school student, and she is very active in academic clubs. Divine has learned a lot in her three years here, and she is looking forward to what the future will bring.

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