In the interviews that were conducted, four main themes came into focus: the push and pull factors that took people from the DR Congo to Kirksville, the Diversity Visa Lottery process, the current obstacles the Congolese population faces when integrating into the larger Kirksville community, and the eventual hopes and goals for the Congolese. In the videos below, Joel, Sally, Ashley, and Megan give their take on these topics.

Why leave the DR Congo? Why immigrate to Kirksville, Missouri? [5:41]

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? What is it like to win the ‘lottery’? [4:30]

What are some obstacles that recent immigrants face? What can the Kirksville community do to help mitigate those challenges? [3:41]

How can the community continue to grow and thrive together? [3:29]



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