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The World In Fargo-Moorhead: ‘We Survived…’

 

Photos courtesy of The World in Fargo-Moorhead

The World in Fargo-Moorhead shows the immense diversity of foreign-born residents now living in the Red River Valley—one portrait and story at a time. Modeled after Humans of New York, the project features portraits and interviews of immigrants, refugees, students and/or workers on temporary visas who live in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The World in Fargo-Moorhead officially launched in September 2016 as an exhibit for Welcoming Week at the Main Public Library in downtown Fargo. It was created as a collaborative effort among photo enthusiasts to raise awareness about the range of cultures that define our area. Each monthly, FargoMonthly.com features five individuals photographed and interviewed by the participants in The World in Fargo-Moorhead. You can find more information about The World in Fargo-Moorhead project at facebook.com/theworldInfm, twitter.com/theworldinfm and instagram.com/theworldinfm.

March 2017: The World In Fargo-Moorhead: Portraits Uncover The Diverse Cultures Around Us

Anyone interested in participating in the project can email theworldinfm@gmail.com or send a message on the project’s Facebook page. Newcomers are welcome to attend the project’s monthly meetings every third Wednesday of the month from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Fercho conference room at the Fargo Public Library, 102 N 3rd St., Fargo.

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Ziajada Pekmic, Bosnia

Photo by Meg Luther Lindholm | @theworldinfm

“I had to leave my country because of the war. We came here because of the kids. They both have MBA’s now. I am very proud of them. I’ve worked here for 16 and a half years. I’ve got my American dream. I’m done.”

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Ricot Aladin, Haiti

Photo by Tyler Schafer | @theworldinfm

“I go places where I’m the only black person, and I feel welcome.”

Ricot Aladin came to Fargo from Haiti in 2003. He moved to the United States for a chance at a better education. He is currently a singer-songwriter and worship leader at Bridgepointe Community Church in Moorhead.

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Yasmeen Frost, Pakistan

Photo by Meg Luther Lindholm | @theworldinfm

“The work ethic here is based on the ability to do the job not on who you know as in many third world countries. I’m the resettlement manager for LSS (Lutheran Social Services). This work has given me a lot of happiness. I feel so lucky to be where I am.”

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Resh Karki, Bhutan

Photo by Ann Arbor Miller | @theworldinfm

Resh Karki arrived in the United States in August 2012, after spending 20 years in a refugee camp in Nepal.

“I didn’t go to school in Bhutan. The school was far away from where I lived, and my family moved to a different place. I was a farmer in Bhutan. I had cattle. (Now,) I work as a dishwasher. I work four days a week. On Thursday, I go to school, and then I also attend citizenship class. In the evening, I go to gardening. … Everybody says that we have to get the citizenship. I have been trying hard.”

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Antoinette Dewberry, Rwanda

Photo by Meg Luther Lindholm | @theworldinfm

“We had to leave (Rwanda) because there was a genocide going on in 1994. I was about six years old at the time but I still remember it very well. It’s one of those traumatic things that you just never forget. I remember having to run in the middle of the night and having to hide in the bathroom whenever we thought the soldiers were coming over, or having to hide underneath the car or hide in the bushes. We survived because of God. He protected us. Well, it did help that we had a car.

“Finally, we got to Kenya, and we thought that was the end. Now, we are away from people killing us. Now, we are going to be free. But, unfortunately, we just replaced one oppressor with another. In Kenya, they didn’t like refugees. They felt we were taking away their jobs. I went back (to Rwanda) in the summer of 2016. I went with my two-year-old son TJ. Oh my gosh, it was heavenly. It was such a beautiful country just like I remembered it before the war. It was full of joy, full of happiness. I felt like I belonged again.”

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