WBFO News photo of poster for event.

Violence flows at the Mexican border where many seek asylum in the United States. That issue will be highlighted Wednesday night as the 33rd Annual Father A. Joseph Bissonnette Lain America Event will be held at Daemen College in Amherst.

Several Buffalo State College students recently taught science lessons to city children from different cultural backgrounds. The college students ended up learning some lessons themselves.

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The Innovation Trail is looking at how refugees have weaved their way into upstate New York's changing economy.

Given the high number of refugees the federal government has helped resettle in Buffalo, officials with the U.S. State Department were in town this week to assess the program.

Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo

Nov 20, 2013
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Upstate New York cities take in around 90% of all current refugee resettlements in the state. All this week, The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how that diverse population has weaved its way into the region’s changing economy.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Improving health care for the undeserved population in Buffalo is the mission of a strategic merger. The Jericho Road Family Practice and Jericho Road Ministries have merged, creating a Community Health Center. Jericho now has two expanded and renovated health care sites at Barton and Genesee Streets. 

New non-profit to assist local Burmese population

Sep 6, 2013
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A new support center aims to assist the large Burmese population in Buffalo. The Burmese Community Support Center is located on Buffalo’s Westside and is run by the Burmese community.

Local refugee shelter celebrates new playground

Aug 12, 2013
Tracy Diina / Vive, INC

The VIVE refugee shelter in Buffalo celebrated the installation of its new playground Monday. The organization serves refugees placed throughout New York State and Canada and currently houses more than 100 adults, 40 of whom are children.

Abdi Hussein sits in a cramped classroom full of old metal chairs that clank and scrape the faded tile floor.

Here he learns English idioms like “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

It’s a long way from Somalia, where Hussein struggled to find food and lived in constant fear of being dragged into the country’s ongoing civil war.

“There’s horrible things,” Hussein says. “People kill each other. That’s why we get help to get in here. People call us the refugee.”

Hussein lives in a growing Somali community in Buffalo - where inexpensive housing has proven fertile ground for ethnic neighborhoods made up largely of refugees.