Afghan refugee, arrived here in February. He and other Afghans moved
to the US on a special immigrant Visa created for those whose lives
have been threatened because they worked for US Forces. Yashi does
not feel special here. He, like many others, cannot resume his life
and use his skills. He has to rely on our social service agencies.
of Somali Bantu have left behind the civil war in their country to
start a new life in Syracuse, NY. The Bantu are a farming people.
In their homeland there was no electricity and no paved roads. There
they lived in the countryside. Living in a city is a very new and
challenging experience for them. They need to learn how to pay bills,
how to shop in huge grocery stores, how to get and hold jobs and how
to drive cars.
of "The Lost Boys" of the Sudan is now well known. Thousands
of young boys fled their villages and travelled by foot nearly 1000
miles to refugee camps in Kenya. It was an incredible journey. There
were no adults. Alone they walked on and on in groups threatened by
wild animals and looking for some source of food and water. They stayed
in the refugee camps for long periods of time before being resettled
in the US and other countries.
who had actually been a slave in Mauritania, said after coming to
the US; "It was very beautiful, this freedom, America."