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Olive

Olive

Olive lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo until 2002 when her town was invaded due to the war. She managed to escape to a neighboring town, but her family was killed. The war continued to spread and Olive was forced to flee to Rwanda, suffering a gunshot wound and severe burns.

After living in a refugee camp in Rwanda for 10 years, Olive was resettled in the United States. She was a single parent with no education or understanding of the English language. She fell in love and married another Congolese refugee in the US only to suffer from physical and mental abuse. Olive would like to file for a divorce, but lacks the funds to do so.

Olive received government assistance from a resettlement agency in Connecticut and is now hoping to find a means of supporting herself. She would like to find a job and in the meantime seeks assistance furthering integration into America. Olive is able to apply for citizenship, but still struggles with the English language and fears she may suffer from a learning disability. Olive hopes to have this assessed and can receive a waiver for the written part of the exam.


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