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Connections: Helping refugees in Rochester

Nov 22, 2017

Nearly 85,000 refugees were admitted into the United States in fiscal year 2016, and New York was one of three states that helped settle more than a quarter of them. 

We're joined by refugees living in Rochester, who share their compelling journeys and discuss the challenges they face. Plus, we talk about how the community can help them settle into their new lives, especially around the holidays. In studio:

  • Abdullahi Mohamed, refugee from Somalia
  • Parwez Askarzada, refugee from Afghanistan
  • Kar Nar, refugee from Burma/Thailand
  • Karen Elam, community relations director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester 
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