Boise State holds conference on refugees

Posted at 9:29 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 12:51:38-05
Groups gathered Monday and will meet again Tuesday for the 8th annual conference on refugees.
A man we spoke knows all too well the importance these services can play in a refugee's life.
Fidel Nshombo may be an American citizen now, but when he came here from Africa, he was a refugee.
He said he wouldn't have made it here in Idaho if it weren't for the help of citizens like those in attendance of the conference. 
"Those people started opening the world for me and today I have a range of community around me here in Idaho who are natural born Americans who support me and everything that I am doing," said Nshombo.
Originally from the Republic of Congo, multiple wars forced him from his home. 
As a refugee in other African countries, he says he was the injustice people like him faced, so he decided to stand up against those taking aim at refugees, and it landed him in serious trouble. 
"Because of those we had to be arrested, deported, tortured. Most of my friends got killed," said Nshombo.
After being bounced around, deported from country to country, the U.N stepped in. Nshombo was granted a visa to the United States, but his troubles were far from over. 
After arriving in New York, he started asking people about Idaho, only to be terrified of what he heard. 
"They said ohh you are going to Boise, Idaho? You will die over there. I got scared and asked them why and they told me it's because the people won't like you. The people there are so racist. They will kill you before you even arrive there," said Nshombo.
He said he came to Idaho scared for his life, and when he got here, many people treated him badly and told him to go home simply because of his accent.  
Then he said, his eyes opened to the many people here in Idaho willing to help. Today he attends the conference in order to work together to try and change the views many people have on refugees. 
"The victims are the ones that are being blamed, because they are looking for safety. In the room tomorrow or everywhere I go, I speak to high schoolers, colleges,  I always encourage them to keep the notions of love in their heart. As long as you hold on to love, you will treat everyone with equality," said Nshombo.