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Regardless of how we might feel about the future of refugee resettlement, one reality we share is actual refugees are here, now, at present. That’s our reality. Looking at this current reality, there seems to be a relational divide between locals and refugees. This divide expresses itself, I believe, as some form of opposition (“leave”), or minimizing (“I will continue living as though you do not exist”). Nonetheless, I remain as hopeful as ever about the future of Twin Falls and the US.

I’m optimistic that progress is possible, and I wonder if interaction is a small, but important, step forward. At least for me, as I look back at my life, hearing people’s stories has been a meaningful way to connect. So I sat down recently with a man named Navid, who has resettled from Afghanistan to Twin Falls, for a conversation to hear his story. I wanted to share this conversation with anyone who is interested, so I’ve posted it in podcast-form at the link here. I felt very grateful for this opportunity.https://soundcloud.com/smalltownbigdreamspodcast. If you’d like to hear more conversations like this, please let me know.

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Peter Bierma

Twin Falls

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