A Far Cry

Jackie Niyonzima, 27, and her son Elias Vyizigiro, 5, pose with a picture of her oldest son and her mother who now live in Chattanooga. Money that Jackie’s mother sent back to Burundi helped build this small mud house. Perla Trevizo/Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Jackie Niyonzima, 27, and her son Elias Vyizigiro, 5, pose with a picture of her oldest son and her mother who now live in Chattanooga. Money that Jackie’s mother sent back to Burundi helped build this small mud house. Perla Trevizo/Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The series tells the story of Burundian refugees who had to flee their country during the civil war only to live their lives in camps in neighboring Tanzania. Some of them were selected for resettlement in the United States, but their troubles were far from over.

With a grant from the Ford Foundation, I spent two weeks in Burundi and refugee camps in Tanzania interviewing the families of the Burundian refugees who resettled in Chattanooga in 2007.

The series, which won the French-American Foundation’s 2013 Immigration Journalism Award, is available below.

A boy and his grandmother

Even after 5 years, some Burundi refugees still adjusting in Chattanooga

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