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Ethan Webber / Boise State Public Radio

In the summer of 2017, a 15-year-old refugee from the Democratic Republic drowned in Boise’s Quinn’s Pond, a recreational swimming hole. Then last week, a 21-year-old Congolese refugee also drowned there. So what’s being done to prevent these tragedies? We talk with Danny Abedi, a refugee who helped start a refugee swimming program with the International Rescue Committee.

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This weekend marked a sad anniversary in Boise. One year ago, a man allegedly stabbed nine people at a birthday party. A three-year-old girl was killedWe take a look back at the crime and find out how the refugees in Boise are responding a year later.


Federal immigration policies have slowed the flow of refugees to the United States for resettlement. The Treasure Valley has a history of being a welcoming community to refugees, but this contraction in resettlement numbers has created a worker shortage for some industries in the Gem State.

Boise Stabbing: Here's How To Help

Jul 2, 2018
James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Boise is still grieving from a mass stabbing last Saturday that killed a three-year-old girl, Ruya Kadir, and left eight others injured. The victims are all members of Boise’s expansive refugee community. The tragedy has left many asking: How can we help?

The Lucky Ones

Apr 26, 2018

When Madeline Rose Scott was asked to photograph refugees arriving to Boise for placement, she saw an opportunity to document the humanity of the resettlement process. She photographed several refugees fleeing civil war and violence just hours ahead of Donald Trump's travel ban on select Muslim countries. She captured the fear, the trepidation and the relief shared by so many who came to start a new life.