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StoryCorps Durham
2:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

'I Couldn't Sleep For 3 Days, Thanking God For Helping Me'

Lucrecia and Rose Torre spoke at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Durham.
Credit StoryCorps

When she was 20 years old, Lucrecia de la Torre left her home country of Guatemala and moved to the United States, eventually finding her way to Durham. She was interviewed by her daughter, Rose at the StoryCorps booth in Durham, North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Meet Hana Pichova - Choosing Her Own Path

Hana Pichova is a UNC professor and author that escaped communism 35 years ago and she's been making the most of her opportunities ever since.
Credit gazette.unc.edu

Hana Pichova grew up under a totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia during the 1970s. 

For Pichova, opportunities for learning and discovery were rare under the control of the communist government.

At 18, she and her parents fled to Switzerland. Pichova decided she wanted to  immigrate to America. Unbeknownst to her parents, she went to the German border to seek political asylum. When they learned of her move, they decided to follow her, despite their reservations. 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Youth Radio: A Karen Refugee Talks To Those Who Helped His Family

Thar Thwai at work on his radio story in the WUNC studios.
Credit Carol Jackson

About a thousand refugees resettle in North Carolina each year, and one third of them are from Burma and Thailand.  The Triangle is home to four of the nation's 10 refugee and immigrant resettlement organizations.  There are two in Durham, and two in Raleigh.

Resettlement agencies distribute State Department grants, a one-time payment of $925 per refugee.  For the first 90 days, the State Department provides housing and language assistance. But 90 days isn't a very long time when you are coming from a refugee camp. 

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Politics & Government
5:54 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Gov. McCrory Calls On Feds To Help 'Unaccompanied Children'

Credit Governor's Office

  Governor Pat McCrory says state officials don't have enough information about what he calls unaccompanied children. He says at least 1,200 children have crossed the US border since January and are now placed with sponsors in the state.

State officials are publicly calling on the federal government to help address the issue. McCrory says they don't have details, including how old the children are, where they're staying or if they're safe.

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The State of Things
10:09 am
Thu February 27, 2014

NC History Exhibit Celebrates The Stories Of Lebanese Americans

Cedars in the Pines is a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Credit www.ncdcr.gov / North Carolina Museum of History

 

 Food, music and dancing are just a few of the contributions of Lebanese Americans to North Carolina’s culture. "Cedars in the Pines,” a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History, showcases the influence of Lebanese immigrants on the state.

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Education
6:54 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Groups Say NC Schools Deny Enrollment To Immigrant Kids

Credit David Benbennick via wikimedia commons

North Carolina civil rights groups are urging the U.S. Justice Department to launch a federal investigation into two North Carolina school districts that allegedly discriminated against immigrant youth.

The complaint says that Buncombe and Union county schools unlawfully complicated and denied enrollment  to two 17-year-olds, which coalition attorneys say represents a much larger problem in the state.

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