refugees en ISU Graduate Stranded in South Sudan Amid War <p>A young man who came to Iowa in 1999 as a refugee from South Sudan, has been trapped in his home country since violence broke out in December.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a teenager, Joseph </span>Yassin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> immigrated to Des Moines with his family, all war refugees from South Sudan.</span></p><p>Soon after he graduated from Iowa State University in 2011, Yassin returned to the newly independent country to work for an international development agency.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:06:13 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 37930 at ISU Graduate Stranded in South Sudan Amid War New Neighbors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Since 1990, Waterloo has been a draw for refugees looking for a new start. &nbsp;Five thousand Bosnians relocated there and over the years have had a significant positive impact on the business community and school system. Since 2010, an influx of nearly 12&nbsp;hundred Burmese have made their way to Northeast Iowa. An initial federal grant has expired and now the search is on for sponsoring agencies to help foot the bills.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:18:16 +0000 Pat Blank 37196 at New Neighbors Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 <p>2013 has been a busy year for Iowa Public Radio's news team. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporters and correspondents about some of the most meaningful and challenging stories they covered. It's a "reporter's notebook" edition of the show.</p><p>Here is a list of the full features heard on today's show:</p><blockquote><p>January 10 - <a href="">Undocumented Immigrants at University</a></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:24:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury, Joyce Russell, Rob Dillard, Amy Mayer, Durrie Bouscaren, Clay Masters, John Pemble & Dean Borg 34194 at Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 Congolese refugee community to grow in Iowa <p>Human rights groups are expecting thousands of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to soon be resettled in the United States. Years of war and ethnically-motivated violence have led to a humanitarian crisis, forcing hundreds of thousands to leave their homes.</p><p>Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren checks in with a group of Congolese that arrived in Iowa years ago.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:43:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 27553 at Congolese refugee community to grow in Iowa Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Burmese <p>Nearly every transplant to Iowa from Southeast Asia who we’ve met this week has been in the state for a number of years. Iowa has a long history of welcoming them. That’s partially why refugees from that corner of the world continue to arrive. The latest are from the country now known as Myanmar. But it’s almost impossible to lump these new arrivals into a single group of refugees.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 6480 at Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Burmese Iowa Surgeon Helping Refugees in South Sudan <p>An Iowa doctor is preparing to come home after spending the past couple of weeks doing relief work in a part of the world facing one of the worst refugee crises in memory.</p><p>Dr. Alan Koslow is a vascular surgeon from Des Moines. He landed in South Sudan about two weeks ago, in an area where tens of thousands of refugees have been fleeing violence and famine across the border in Sudan.</p><p>Koslow spoke with IPR&#39;s Sarah McCammon through an internet phone from the South Sudanese capital of Juba.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:48:08 +0000 Sarah McCammon 4627 at Iowa Surgeon Helping Refugees in South Sudan