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Immigration: One Thing

One Thing: From Burundi to Phoenix

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Last year, some 41,000 refugees resettled in the United States, bringing with them hopes, fears, scars and painful memories. They also brought objects. Today, we bring you the first part of a new series, One Thing. It takes a look at newly arrived refugees in towns and cities across America. We'll ask them about their journey and that one thing they've brought from their old home to their new. Our first story takes place in Phoenix, Ariz., where a large number of Bunrundians are resettling.

Dances from Burundi

A Burundian Greeting

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Newly arrived refugees sang for producers Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler when they visited them at their apartment complex in Phoenix. Jeanne Nizigiyimana is a Burundian and a caseworker with Catholic Charities. She translates the song (3:58).

The two Burundian women created this song describing their journey and hardships they were in the refugee camps in Zambia (1:05).

  • Music Bridge:
    She Walks In A Dream
    Artist: Takeshi Nishimoto
    CD: Monologue (Buro)
More stories from our Immigration: One Thing series


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