Lina Kateng

“In America we don’t feel persecution. No war anymore. We feel free in the goodness of the USA. In America don’t think it is in paradise. No, it’s just here on earth.”

We lived in Congo. We fled our country to Namibia. I spent fifteen years in Namibia. It’s where I met my husband. Then from there we have been intercepted to USA. In America we don’t feel persecution. No war anymore. We feel free in the goodness of the USA.

Before, the camp where we stayed there were no job and no food was given. We were begging from UN to give us food. But here, we don’t beg anymore. Here we work. This is what made us to be totally independent. The time we lived Africa and come here, we pass through what is called “cultural orientation.” It was a lesson about life in America. In that class, they taught us that in America, don’t think is in paradise. No, it’s just here on earth. You will find sometimes you can find mouse in the houses. You have to be careful. You have to be clean. They taught us to wait and don’t spend money the way you want because America is a country of bills. The house, the cars, electricity, water, the phones… we saw that we need to be two in the house. The husband and the wife, you have to wait to decide, both of you. Otherwise, it should be a disaster with no money.

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