Brigitte arrived on the doorstep of the American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter, in September 2016 with the knowledge, hope and need for support to locate her missing father. She had recalled seeing Red Cross workers opening cases for families who had been separated from their loved ones due to armed conflict and violence in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Life on the run started in 2003 when Brigitte was 17 years old. Her father was placed on a target list because of his differing vision for the future of the Country. Brigitte, her father, and sister were able to flee to the nearby capital city of Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, where they attempted to reestablish their lives. Thankfully, they were able to live together for a while. Brigitte was able to make some money by baking and selling bread, but the danger was ever present. Eventually, groups who had originally targeted her father in Kinshasa now offered a bounty for his return.Read More