Missoula’s Congolese Refugee Families to Perform at UM April 30

April 18, 2017

MISSOULA – Six Congolese refugee families who have resettled in Missoula have prepared a play called “When One Becomes Many” to tell their story. The group will perform at the University of Montana University Center Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 30.

The story includes how refugees bond in refugee camps, sickness that takes away family members and friends, and eventual relocation to host countries. Members of the refugee families wrote the script and music, choreographed dances and will star in the play. Tickets cost $10 for students and $15 for community members. All proceeds will assist the Congolese families.

“I’m excited about the play because in the play I can speak many things … and people can communicate through the play,” said Joel Makeci, one of the Congolese refugees and a father. “We have many people who don’t know the difficulty around the world, but we want to show them how many people are suffering from the war.”

The families have worked with students from UM’s Franke Global Leadership Initiative, as well as UM’s Student Involvement Network.

“I found it was one of the most meaningful and fun experiences of my college career,” said Taylor Wyllie, a UM student and member of the Franke GLI capstone group, which has helped organize the play.

The students have worked with the families since December. 

“The play is going to be epic,” Wyllie said.

To learn more visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BridgingtheGapMissoula/. For more information call UM GLI student Kathleen Stone 801-712-1794.

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Contact: Kathleen Stone, UM student, 801-712-1794, kathleen.stone@umontana.edu.