Group seeks money to bury refugee, 36, who died of COVID-19 in central Iowa

Published: May. 18, 2020 at 2:13 PM CDT
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Advocates are raising money to pay for the burial of a 36-year-old Congolese refugee who died of the coronavirus earlier this month in Des Moines.

Embarc Iowa, a refugee services organization, said that Wiuca Iddi Wiuca died May 4 after a sudden illness and two weeks in the hospital.The group says advocates need to raise thousands of dollars to have Wiuca buried this week at an Ankeny cemetery, adding that a traditional burial in the Congolese community is extremely important.

Wiuca leaves behind two adult siblings who, like him, were resettled to Des Moines last year from a refugee camp in Tanzania. They had fled war in Congo in 1996.

Friends, On May 4th, a 36 year old man from the Congolese community died from COVID-19. His name was Wiuca Iddi Wiuca....

Posted by EMBARC: Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center on Saturday, May 16, 2020