"They left violence-riddled countries like the Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sudan, only to move to neighborhoods in Chicago that were also beset with violence.
Teliane and Yoann Bakala were caught in the crossfire of bullets in Rogers Park; Prince Kannah was attacked inside the cafeteria of his Edgewater school; Ashal Yai always checks to see if gang violence is brewing on her street in Uptown before setting off on foot.
"It's a whole new American dream," said Kannah, 16.
The refugees have contributed to a new documentary film, "A Fairyland of Violence," that is being shown Saturday in Chicago."
Screening for "A Fairyland of Violence"
When: Noon Saturday
Where: Heartland Human Care Services, 5551 W. Belmont Ave.
Suggested donation: $10 or an item of winter clothing
Read more about the film here.