by David, Bruce, Paul, and Lois Wessel | Nov 25, 2015 7:06 am | Comments (3)
Seventy five years ago, a German Jewish teenager who had been sent to safety in England in 1939 on the Kindertransport arrived in New York where she was reunited with her parents. After a brief stay in New York, the three of them travelled by bus to Scattergood, Iowa, where the American Friends Service Committee had turned a school into a hostel for European refugees. As the Nazi terror spread through Europe, the members of a Disciples of Christ Church in tiny Eureka, Ill, decided to go beyond reading newspaper headlines and praying and offered to adopt the family. The teenager and her parents moved into a fully furnished apartment on the edge of the Eureka College campus and were welcomed into a community that had known few Jews, let along foreign-born Jews. The father got a job auditing municipal books in small Illinois towns. The mother got a job in the college kitchen. And the teenage girl got a free college education there. Her brother interned in England – he was considered an enemy alien even though he was a Jewish refugee – eventually joined his family in the U.S.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy got a shout-out Monday from Fair Haven-based Junta for Progressive Action, in support of his controversial decision to welcome a Syrian refugee family to the state after the governor of Indiana denied it entry.
After Indiana’s governor refused to take in a family of Syrian refugees, New Haven’s Chris George immediately agreed to help. The family— pawns in a national post-Paris ideological argument—has arrived in town.
by Markeshia Ricks and Sharon Benzoni | Sep 11, 2015 11:17 am | Comments (15)
As the U.S. moves cautiously to opening its doors to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing civil war, New Haven’s Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS) has resettled four families from that conflict with another on the way to New Haven.
From politics to migration to slums, American media tends to focus on the sensational in their coverage African affairs. On this week’s episode of At The Moment, Ghanaian journalist Anny Osabutey spoke with host Sharon Benzoni about the complex world of journalism in his West African country and how Africa is represented in international media.
Click on the above audio file to listen to the show, or download it on iTunes to listen later.