Tuesday, February 19, 2008

And now a word from a student

Last week, Colorado Public Radio aired a story about refugee resettlement in Colorado. A Little Something participant, Haiffaa Ali, was part of that interview. The program's producers felt it would be beneficial for listeners to hear a more in-depth interview with Haiffaa, especially to compare her impressions at one year in the U.S. with the first impressions of the newly arrived woman featured in the first interview.

This story is about ten minutes long. Of all of the things the host said during the interview, I think my favorite was when he told Haiffa he was impressed and astounded that she was able to give a radio interview (without fear) after only one year of language acquisition.

It's a good story that should leave you wondering how you would cope in similar circumstances.

Click here to go to the Colorado Public Radio Website, and then scroll down to Monday, February 18 to listen to the interview.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Friday night fun!

African Community Center Presents...

African Extravaganza

A lively celebration of African food and culture
presented by The African Community Center

Wednesday, February 20
University of Denver, Sturm Hall
Faces of Refugees Photo Exhibit
and Meet & Greet the Artist

Refugee Voices
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Hear remarkable stories of fear, courage, and triumph told by refugees from
Sudan, Somalia, Burma and Iraq

Friday, February 22, 6:00-9:00pm
University of Denver, Driscoll Hall
African Extravaganza Featuring the Pan African Group
An amazing celebration of food, music, drumming, dancing & lively African dress!

Take a walk through the African Market, featuring Fair Trade and local goods, jewelry, handcrafts, spices, baskets, textiles and more.

Come enjoy this unique opportunity to celebrate
African culture and Heritage!

A Little Something, our very own Denver Refugee Women's Crafts Initiative, will have a table at the Friday-night event. If you're there, come on over and say hello (and maybe buy a nice necklace or some earrings...).

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Denver's Refugees in the News!

Tune in on Tuesday, February 12th at 10:00am and 7:00pm on 1340AM. Hear the story of one of Denver's newest arriving community members on NPR/CPR's Colorado Matters. Zuhal, an Iraqi refugee, arrived three weeks ago by way of Jordan. Interviews with a case manager, another Iraqi woman (Sharon's student!), and the director of the state refugee office are also interviewed. If you miss the show on Tuesday, you can listen to it via the online archives by clicking here. Scroll down to select the February 12 program.

Hear more news about refugees in Colorado when KGNU Radio will host African Community Center Director Jennifer Geuddiche on the Africa Roots show. This interview will air on Saturday, February 16 at 4:00pm.

See a live performance by the Pan African Group (who will also be on stage at the 2008 African Extravaganza) on Fox 31's Good Day Colorado, Tuesday, February 19th at 8:30am. (Channel 13 on comcast cable)

Darfur troubles continue to multiply

There is an article on today's CNN Website about the latest developments in the Darfur region of Sudan. It's not very encouraging. Click here to read the story.