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Conflict & Justice

Nearly killed in Sierra Leone, this refugee has found more than a home in Worcester, Mass.

When Augustine Kanjia came to Worcester, Massachusetts, he'd been nearly killed by rebels, threatened by the Gambian government and forced to come to the US with little more than what he could carry. But what he found in the New England city was a warm welcome — that's made him truly believe Worcester is his forever home.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Quiz: Name a largely Arab American city where hookah smoking is on the rise

Despite all the warnings about tobacco and lung cancer, it's not easy to stop teenagers from smoking. And in one large American city that's home to a large Arab American community, health officials say teen smoking is on the rise. But it's not cigarettes luring young smokers there. It's the hookah or shisha--the kind of waterpipe popular throughout the Middle East.

Arts, Culture & Media

Journalist Vladimir Voina on leaving Russia, buying beer, and the 'foolish' US government shutdown

Inspired by Philadelphia’s South Asian American Digital Archive, and its project that collects immigrants' stories about their first days in America, we’ve begun gathering similar stories from immigrants throughout the globe. This next installment comes from Vladimir Voina, a journalist from Moscow who has written for Russian and US newspapers. In 1989, he moved to Boston for a journalism fellowship and stayed. He spoke about his early memories of America with The World's Global Nation editor Monica Campbell.