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A game of dominos at HopePrint's house on the Northside of Syracuse. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO
A game of dominos at HopePrint's house on the Northside of Syracuse. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

Refugees re-shape a Syracuse neighborhood

Upstate New York's cities take in around 90% of all refugees coming to the state. As they adapt to new homes, the newcomers re-shape neighborhoods.

Every Tuesday evening, a home at 129 Lilac Street on Syracuse's Northside turns into a community center.  Go to full article
Photo: Claudia Marshall
Photo: Claudia Marshall

Charlotte, VT studio hosts the return of the Sierra Leone All Stars

The story of the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars is one of triumph: Displaced by a bloody civil war, a group of musicians forms a band in a refugee camp.

They meet some American filmmakers whose documentary helps catapult the group to international stardom. The story and the music goes global, and it's the feel good movie of the year!

But what happens when the war ends, the tedium of the reconstruction goes on, and the spotlight starts to fade?

Ten years later, the former refugees are spending the summer in rural Vermont, making their fourth album with a little help from a lot of friends.  Go to full article
Jemila Saleh in her kitchen in Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Jemila Saleh in her kitchen in Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Eritrean refugee finds home in cooking

Eritrea is a small country in the African Horn. It's been at war on and off with neighboring Ethiopia for decades. And since 2001, the government has been sending thousands of its citizens to prison for being a part of any faith group that isn't on the government's approved list of churches.

Jemila Saleh is sure she would have been sent to prison for her beliefs, if it hadn't been for a series of what she calls miracles. Just after her pastor was imprisoned, Jemila connected with a church here in the North Country, and they offered to support her escape. So in the middle of the night Jemila packed up all she could, and got on airplane with her three daughters. Members of the church picked them up at the Syracuse airport with a backseat full of blankets and winter coats, and brought them to their new apartment in Potsdam, which the church members had rented and furnished.

Four and a half years later, Jemila has a degree in finance from SUNY Canton, her daughters are in school, and Jemila is practicing her faith freely here. But the way she's kept a grip on her life, and her story, is through cooking.  Go to full article

Border Crisis: Pakistani Refugees Arrested, Families Divided

Pakistanis are continuing to flee the U.S., crossing the border north of Plattsburgh. Frightened by a new policy that requires Pakistani men to register with the U.S. government, the families are seeking asylum in Canada. Overwhelmed by hundreds of refugees, the Canadian government has begun sending people back. As Brian Mann reports, dozens of Pakistani men have been detained on immigration charges, leaving their wives and children in limbo.  Go to full article
Refugee children at Fort Ontario, 1944. Photo: National Archives.
Refugee children at Fort Ontario, 1944. Photo: National Archives.

Haven From the Holocaust

A one-hour documentary about the only refugee camp established during WW II on U.S. soil for people fleeing Nazi persecution. The camp was based at the old Fort Ontario site outside Oswego, NY. This documentary was distributed nationally to the public radio system and was recognized with an Ohio State Achievement Award in 1988. It is part of the permanent collection of the NYS Museum in Albany. Jackie Sauter and Beverly Hickman, producers; Ellen Rocco, executive producer; with special production help from Lawrence Baron.  Go to full article

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