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Interview with Sylvie

This interview was conducted on 4 November 2017 at the house of Sylvie Bokika. Questions were posed by Aliosha Bielenberg and Jeanelle Wheeler, both students at Brown University. Audio recording and photography was provided by another Brown student, Addy Schuetz. Sylvie’s son was beside her throughout the interview. The interview was conducted in French and has been translated, condensed, and edited for clarity. Significant editorial additions have been indicated with the use of square brackets.

Sylvie Bokika at her home in Providence. Photo credit: Addy Schuetz.


Hello and thank you for the chance to speak with you! Could you please introduce yourself?

Yes, my name is Sylvie. Sylvie Bokika.


When did you arrive in the United States?

I came here in the middle of February – on February 14th, 2017.


What was your arrival in the US like?

We arrived well. My husband was there with me and Aline [the head of WRC] was th