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Luma Mufleh Fugees Famly DVF Award

Fugees Family founder Luma Mufleh on breaking barriers, discrimination, and what’s next for her refugee nonprofit

Fugees Family founder Luma Mufleh recently earned a DVF Award, a program created by designer Diane von Furstenberg to celebrate "extraordinary women." She chats with us about the award, discrimination against refugees, and what's next for her nonprofit.
He Ro

He Ro had never seen an oyster. Now the refugee is Kimball House’s most talented shucker.

He Ro arrived in Clarkston as a shy 15-year-old who had spent much of his life in a Karen refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing Burma as a child. Now a 24-year-old oyster shucker at Kimball House, the people at the restaurant have all become his friends. “They all love me."

Clarkston’s Refuge Coffee Co. finds a permanent home

Owners Kitti and Bill Murray purchased a 1960s service station at 4170 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, where they plan to build a kitchen and expand the food offerings of Refuge, their coffee shop that provides jobs and job training to refugees in Clarkston.
Out of the Rubble

How a Syrian refugee family changed my life

Khaled is choking. Khaled, who is alive because he hid under his desk when the men came with their guns, whose family is alive because he convinced them to walk out the front door of their Damascus home while it still stood (and keep walking until they found a way to Jordan).
Atlanta Sanctuary City Welcoming City

Does it matter if Atlanta is declared a Sanctuary City versus a Welcoming City?

In the wake of controversy over President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, Mayor Kasim Reed has declined to declare Atlanta a “sanctuary city,” calling it instead a “welcoming city.” It’s a distinction that ultimately may not matter—either to immigrants or to the Trump administration.
Clarkston Georgia

Ellis Island South: Welcome to the most diverse square mile in America

Downtown Clarkston in DeKalb County extends westward from Rowland Street to Indian Creek Drive, with the old Georgia Railroad line running in between—a total of just three city blocks, give or take. And yet there may be no place in the country as kaleidoscopically, vibrantly, viscerally diverse.
Syrian refugees Clarkston Georgia

Refuge: One Syrian family’s long odyssey to Georgia

In the end, it had taken almost two years for Amin’s application to the United Nations for refugee status to be approved, during which time Aleppo had collapsed, family members died, and Amin forced himself not to surrender hope.
Food Lovers Guide: The Cheese Edition

Editor’s Note: The beacon still burns

To refugees fleeing oppression, civil war, famine, and discrimination, Atlanta represents not just hope, but survival. And within the metro area, no place has been more welcoming than the city of Clarkston, which sits halfway between Decatur and Stone Mountain.

Study: Georgia ranks No. 8 for refugees taken in

According to a study released by the Department of Homeland Security, Georgia welcomed just over 2,710 refugees in 2013, eighth most in the country and 200 more than the previous year.
You have thousands of angels around you Atlanta Magazine

“You Have Thousands of Angels Around You”

She got off the plane from Paris with nothing more than a couple of small bags. The bags had been packed for days as she waited for Eddie, a stranger who had approached her out of nowhere to say he knew all about her problems and could help.

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