Luluengisa Chantal Vumi was twice arrested, interrogated, tortured and raped by a soldier in her African homeland. She said she was punished because the government in the Democratic Republic of Congo suspects her ex-husband was involved in the 2001 assassination of the country’s president.

Now in the United States, she is one step closer to gaining political asylum, a status that will allow her to be reunited with her children.

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