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Video: Refugees call Atlanta home
December 7, 2011 by The IRC
In a story that aired on Monday, CBS Atlanta's Jennifer Mayerle looked at how the International Rescue Committee helps refugees restart their lives, and interviewed a family who left everything behind.
Vincent Hakizimana fled war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo with his family after his wife Denyse was attacked in front of him and he was beaten and left for dead.
"There was the worst fear you could know in your life," he said.
Vincent's family is part of a small minority of refugees — less than 1 percent — who are invited to live in the United States. The IRC helps many of them find homes, learn English, get jobs and adjust to life in America.
"They've saved their own lives in many ways and sought to protect their family. We have a lot to offer," said the IRC's executive director in Atlanta, Ellen Beattie.
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