This interview was conducted on 16 October 2017 at the house of Katerina. Questions were posed by two students at Brown University, Aliosha Bielenberg and Jeanelle Wheeler. Audio recording and general assistance was provided by another Brown student, Andrew Robbin. Interpretation and a significant amount of contextual information was given by the director of Women’s Refugee Care, Aline Binyungu. The interview was conducted in French, with Aline providing translation from and into Swahili. The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Katerina Kashindi at her home in Providence. Photo credit: Addy Schuetz.
Hello, Katerina! Could you please introduce yourself?
My name is Katerina Kashindi and I am from the Congo. I am 52 years old and there are six people in my family.
Do you like the United States?
I like this country a lot, but I have a lot of problems. This country gives me a lot of difficulties. I have a lot of challenges, like health problems. Since I’ve come here, I’ve always been sick. I’ve felt things I’ve never felt before. I don’t understand.