This is a story i shot couple months ego that is part of a multimedia project I have been working on related to refugees and work. As a former refugee, I have first hand experience of how difficult it can be to adjust to a new culture and a new country. Despite the challenges, millions of new resettled folks succeed and make something of themselves.
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars started playing music together in West African refugee camps while their homeland was being racked by years of bloody warfare. Since then, audiences around the world have embraced the band and their utterly extraordinary story. On their forthcoming album, Rise & Shine, the All Stars’ sound, as well as their biography, evolves further; the music finds them “establishing an identity based as much on skill, imagination and charisma as on their undeniably touching story” (The Los Angeles Times). Cumbancha will release the album on March 23, 2010.
I was invited to speak at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants national conference (USCRI) in D.C. My speech was focusing on the values that refugees and immigrants bring to the communities they settled in. As a former refugees settled in Vermont, I have witnessed the positive impact that these new americans have on their neighborhoods, schools, markets, culture,...
A sens of community
Hard working people
Culture in Music,clothing,education,traditions
Thanks to this great nation, people that were living in deadly situations found peace and a promise of a bright future.