By Matt Katz and Melanie SaltzmanMATT KATZ, WNYC:
Andre Twendele's journey from Congo to the United States began in 2005. As a student, he joined an opposition political party that resisted the rule of President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the Democratic Republic of Congo autocratically for the past 17 years.
Andre says Kabila's troops arrested him and seven classmates for leading an anti-government protest. For three days, they were detained and beaten and eventually marched into a forest. Andre had become friendly with a guard, who told him what was going to happen next.