“They came with no bag, nothing, just their clothes,” said Leonce Byimana, the Director of US Clinical Programs for the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT). “They had to rely on donated jackets when they arrived,” he added, noting it was in the 40s fahrenheit when they landed in Washington.
The US government provided them with three days in a hotel where they were given $300 and a cellphone, as well as help finding a place to stay. Those with family sponsors or friends quickly left while others were placed with private organizations with programs around the country.
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