Don't move, we are coming to take you away from your family to another place
Bertine Bahige's journey to America.
I need to get out of here
Bertine was just at home in his living room one day when two people from the Mai Mai rebel group came to take him away.They took Bertine away from his house in Bukavu to bring him somewhere to hold him captive with other children
Bertine hated being in captivity and seeing other kids terrorize each other. He was in captivity for two years. He was going to escape from here and journey to the United States. He wanted to leave his city also because the economy hasn't recovered since the war they had.
Bertine took a little plane with only a couple of other people also looking to go the United States. He didn’t know where the plane was going to end up... The plane eventually landed in Tanganyika.
A couple years later he wanted to keep trying to get the U.S. He took a fisherman's boat across a lake in Tanganyika hoping to get somewhere closer to the U.S. He wanted to start a new life in the United States
Bertine has passed out when he got off the boat. He woke up laying down on a bench. All he heard was voices around him speaking a different language. He didn’t know where he was. But in the town, he saw a sign that said Maputo. Bertine ended up in Maputo.
Bertine left Maputo and ended up in a Refugee Camp in Mozambique. Once he was done there, the workers said they could transport him to the U.S.