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The Long Path to Rebuild

March 18, 2022

In early December 2021, the town of Mayfield, Kentucky, was devastated by a series of tornados that impacted the U.S. Midwest and South. Thousands lost their homes, businesses and towns. Many lost loved ones, friends and neighbors. While the people of Mayfield have begun to rebuild their lives, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. …

A New Year for our New Afghan Neighbors

Abdi Iftin |

On March 20 this year, about 300 million people worldwide will celebrate Nowruz. It’s the festival that marks the Persian new year and the start of Spring, and it is celebrated at the exact moment of the Spring equinox. The United Nations has praised Nowruz for promoting “peace and solidarity” among the many nations who celebrate it. Nowruz is one …

We can break the barrier together: The story of Sifa Bulankay

February 25, 2022

“This is the day we celebrate the strength of women, particularly women of different backgrounds but who have similar experiences and face similar challenges. This is a special day for women like me, who celebrate resilience and overcoming challenges as a mother, wife, a sister and a friend to many.” This is Sifa Bulankay, a Congolese-American woman who lives in …

Swimming in a Hurricane: My First Six Months as a CWS Employment Specialist

Greg Hansbrough | February 16, 2022

I walk through the office doors of the CWS Durham office, in the basement of a large church in downtown, breathing a sigh of relaxation as I begin my day as an employment specialist in helping resettle refugees. After unlocking the door to the large, bull-pen style office, I feel myself smile while turning on the lights and quietly sitting …

Six Months After the Fall of Kabul: Welcoming Afghans in Durham, North Carolina

February 14, 2022

On Monday, August 15, 2021, the world watched as the Taliban officially captured Kabul. That day was the culmination of their sweeping takeover of Afghanistan. Almost overnight, countless Afghans feared for their lives under the new regime. In the weeks that followed, a massive humanitarian airlift evacuated tens of thousands of Afghans to third countries and eventually to the United …