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IRC Refugees Plant ‘New Roots’ in the Bronx

By Emma Laperruque | August 20, 2012

Sign by the pond in the garden. 
Photo: Emma Laperruque

Refugees tour the garden amongst vegetables and herbs.

The day is sunny, warm and from the window of the Seventh Avenue Express Train, racing above the Bronx, only two clouds dot the sky. Compared to the morning and evening rushes, the train just shy of 11 o’clock is empty. Four International Rescue Committee (IRC) employees are accompanying three refugees to Drew Gardens and the group half populates the car. A few stops before arriving at their destination, West Farms Station, IRC New Roots Coordinator Jennifer Plewka stands and offers to explain the subway map to the refugees. Two were resettled from Burma and arrived in New York just last week. Read More

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