Following the lives of refugees in Fargo and around the world.
Because vocabulary is a plant of slow growth, no quick fix to American education is possible. That fact accounts for many of the disappointments of current education-reform movements. … Middle school is too late to rectify disadvantaged students’ deficits of vocabulary and knowledge. Word-learning is just too slow a process to close those initial gaps in time for college. The work of systematic knowledge- and word-building has to begin earlier.
Live and Become is a refugee story of going from “Fire to Fire” and the film title on the DVD case even has a flame. A 9 year old Ethiopian Christian boy is sent to Israel as an Ethiopian Jew, becomes orphaned, adopted, converted, harassed, and beaten, but also cared for, nourished, and mentored. Powerful story for me; white family adopting African child. “Schlomo” emerges from the flames and becomes; cute subplot about his love of a cow.
Our faculty and board have written, edited, and approved a new mission statement for the Fugees Academy. It reflects a great deal of discussion and reflection, and we think it is a solid representation of who we are and why we do what we do.
This blog documents the challenges refugees face when resettling. I’ve posted links to stories from Winnipeg MB Canada, New York City, my own observations in Fargo ND, and this link to a story about refugees from Myanmar, the Karen, resettling in Kentucky. Everywhere, the story is the same: “We are lucky to be here, but it’s not easy.”
Great story about how The Mayo Clinic in Rochester is addressing the health needs of the immigrant and refugee community in that city. While outreach efforts in Fargo are commendable, it would be wonderful to see Sanford Health, with major facilities in the refugee resettlement communities of Fargo and Sioux Falls, take a similarly active role.
Crossroads, and organization based in Hong Kong, ran a refugee simulation at Davos this year that got rave reviews from the knighted and privileged who attend that exclusive gathering. I helped run a makeshift simulation in Fargo a few years back, and it worked pretty well; I’d love to be able to bring this well-developed simulation here for World Refugee Day or some other event.
Great story about a very successful “Lost Boy of Sudan” who came to Chicago in 2001 and is about to graduate from North Dakota State University in 2012. The story focuses on the positives, which are many, but also mentions his daughter was born the day after he left from the US. It doesn’t explain that the Lost Boys were given two choices—come alone (even if you have a family) or don’t come. It doesn’t dwell on the fact that it has taken Onam Liduba 11 years to earn a 4 year degree. I’m not suggesting the story needs to focus on the hardships, but I am suggesting that anybody who wants the whole story would want to hear about the ups and downs of refugee life in America.