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Words in Transit is an oral history project featuring the stories of people who have made western New England their new home.

Words in Transit - Refugee Children

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Beth Reynolds
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NEPR

Vira Douangmany Cage and Sovann-MalisLoeung came to the United States as children from south-east Asia-Vira from Laos and Sovann-Malis from Cambodia. Their traumatic journeys and early experiences in a new land continue to impact their lives today.

Tema is the editor for New England Public Media’s Commentary Series, which she’s been involved with since 2010. A contributing reporter, Silk’s also been involved in launching a couple of news-related special projects for the station: Media Lab, our youth radio project, and Words in Transit, the PRNDI award-winning collection of narratives of immigrants, refugees, asylees and undocumented people living in NEPM's listening area. The various hats she’s worn at the station have allowed her to take advantage of earlier jobs she’s had teaching both as a middle school English teacher and -- long, long ago -- working as a licensed independent clinical social worker. Sometimes, and only when the coast is completely clear, she sings songs from the American Songbook and classical works in the hallways of 1525 Main Street.
John Voci is Senior Director, Radio, at New England Public Media.
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