This is the story that Paulin Kalonji, once the owner of a small business in Africa, told Dr. Katherine McKenzie at the Yale School of Medicine when he applied for asylum in the United States:
One evening in February of 2013, three soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo entered Kalonji’s home and dragged him to a waiting car. They took him to a building that had been converted into a makeshift prison, and he was thrown into a small room with about 15 other people. The room was hot and infested with ants. During his two weeks there, soldiers would come and take people out in the middle of the night. Those who left the room at night never returned.