In her short life, 21-year-old Nathalie Bajinya has rarely — if ever — truly had a home. In Africa she was subjected to nearly unspeakable atrocities. Once she arrived in America, she felt isolated.
What has begun to change that, she says, is the Tacoma Refugee Choir. Through music and the community the choir has fostered, Bajinya feels she has somewhere to belong. And she’s not alone in this experience.
Sitting in the Lakewood clothing-design shop she opened a little over a month ago, Bajinya told the story of how she ended up in the United States. She relayed it with an incredible candor that seemed to suck the oxygen right out of the room — at least from everyone but her.