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路德组织向前难民寻求帮助

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小编摘要:索瓦那罗斯•索克曾以难民身份来到美国。而现今,她则以路德教移民和难民服务处的社会工作者的身份在帮助难民们。

路德组织向前难民寻求帮助 



Sovannarorth Sok came to America as a refugee . Today, she helps them, as a case worker for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

The service wants former refugees to give back by helping new refugees settle into their new homes. So it has begun a coast-to-coast outreach campaign.

At a Cambodian New Year celebration in Long Beach, California, Sovanna and colleague Lauren Rymer hold a drawing for glass flowers, trying to attract a crowd and get contact information from former refugees.

Not everyone is interested.

"But we met some people who are happy to meet and have a conversation about their new life in the US," said Sovannarorth Sok.

For some, like Soroan Miller, it’s an easy sell. He thinks he may have been sponsored by the church as an orphan .

"So if any way, shape or form that I can help refugees besides Cambodians, or around the world, I would do it," he said.

The Lutheran service sponsored around 50,000 Cambodians between 1975 and 1998, over more than two decades of war.

That’s a full third of all Cambodians that immigrated to the United States.

Today, the flow of Cambodian refugees is over. But refugees from other countries continue to seek American shores. The service feels Cambodians who have gone through the experience might be able to help.

Nop Vanny wins the drawing today. She says she sees value in the Cambodian immigrant experience.

"We came here first, so we know how easy and difficult and different life is," she said. "So if we meet those who have just come here, we can - and should - help them by giving them advice on how to live here and all the rules in this country."

The Lutheran service will continue its campaign throughout the United States wherever the old refugees might help the new. It has more prizes to give away. And a lot of work to do.
索瓦那罗斯•索克曾以难民身份来到美国。而现今,她则以路德教移民和难民服务处的社会工作者的身份在帮助难民们。
这个组织希望通过前难民帮助新难民融入新的家园。所以已经开始了跨大陆间的宣传活动。
在加利福尼亚长滩的柬埔寨新年庆典中, 索瓦那和同事劳伦•雷默举着一幅由玻璃花朵组成的图画,试图吸引人群并得到前难民的联系信息。
但不是所有人都对此感兴趣。
“但是我们感到很高兴遇到了一些人并且和他们讨论他们在美国的新生活。”索瓦那罗斯•索克说道。
对一些像索兰•米勒这样的人来说,这是一件容易的推销。他认为自己一直由教堂资助而作为一名孤儿长大。
“所以如果以任何方式或形式,我能够帮助到柬埔寨人以外的难民们,或者是全世界,我都会做。”他说道。
路德组织在1975年和1998年超过20年的战争期间赞助大约50000名柬埔寨人。这占所有的柬埔寨人移民到美国的整整三分之一。
时至今日,柬埔寨难民的流动已经结束。但是来自其他国家的难民继续来到美国。该组织感到曾经有过这些经历的柬埔寨人也许能够帮助他们。
诺普•瓦尼赢得今天的绘画。她表示看到了在柬埔寨移民经历的价值。
“我们首先来到这里,所以我们了解生活的艰易及不同,”她说。“所以如果我们遇见那些刚刚来到这儿的人,我们可以——也应该能够——帮助他们并给他们如何生活的建议,而且还会告诉他们这个国家所有的规则。”
路德服务将继续其遍及美国的活动,无论在哪里老难民都可以帮助新来的人。有很多奖项可以颁发给这个组织。但这个组织还有很多工作要做。

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2012-05-18 00:49 编辑:pliny
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