Family of 10 refugees from Congo need help

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A family of 10 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are in need of help.

"They're going to arrive with a couple of suitcases, but literally that's all they own," said Michele Green, executive director of the International Rescue Committee in Wichita.

The IRC helps refugees forced to leave their home countries from persecution or war.

Since IRC Wichita began nearly seven years ago, they have helped 1,300 refugees resettle in Kansas.

This year, they expect to help 220 refugees, including the 35 refugees who are expected to arrive in the next two months.

"We have an obligation to support those that are the most vulnerable in the world and in the our community. That's what IRC does. It's a very small group of people that ever resettle to a third country," said Green.

The group helps refugees learn English and acquire skills for a job. Green said that within six months, their clients are self-sufficient.

"One of the biggest misconceptions is that they're taking rather than giving back. When in fact, they're really helping build this community and build our economy," said Green.

A family of 10 people is expected to arrive in Wichita on August 15th.

"The refugees come. They don't know anyone. They're grateful for our support," said Green. "When they come, we pick them from the airport, and we take them to a home. To their new home."

To view a list of household items needed, click here.

To learn more about the IRC Wichita, click here.

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