Yiombi Thona

Haeryun Kang
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Multicultural South Korea: Congolese Refugee Receives Death Threats

“How are you?” I asked him. “I’m very fine!” Yiombi Thona answered. “Don’t worry too much about that. I’m used to it.” On the other end of the phone, Thona was referring to the multiple death threats he

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"Damunhwa" Is No Multiculturalism: A Congolese Refugee Reflects on Life in South Korea

Meet Yiombi Thona, one of South Korea’s highest-profile refugees. He came to South Korea in 2002 after fleeing his native Congo under fear of arrest. As a member of the Congo intelligence service, he had leaked documents revealing government corruption and was in turn accused of trying to lead