Refugees in US: 'I can buy food I don't even recognise'
14 August 2014 Last updated at 04:17 BST
More than 17 million people around the world are living as refugees, forced to flee their home countries due to conflict, drought and other disasters.
Every year some 70,000 are resettled in America and recently the State Department announced an increase in the number of Congolese allowed entry to the US.
The BBC's Alan Kasujja joined a family originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo on an incredible journey from a camp in Northern Rwanda to Washington State in the Pacific North West.
Produced and edited by Ben Allen; filming by Thomas Amter and Ian Connors.
Altered States is a series of video features published every Wednesday on the BBC News website which examine how shifting demographics and economic conditions affect America on a local level.