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'Storymakers: Durham' Adjusting To Life As A Refugee in Durham

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North Carolina is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, a popular destination for people looking for a good place to live. But some transplants don’t really choose North Carolina. Sama al-Mafarchi came to Durham as a refugee from Iraq. She became a friend and colleague to Jenny Bodnar, a lifelong Durham resident. Their story is told by Jenny’s father and brother, Chip and Teddy Denton.

The Dentons are two of the citizen storytellers in the Storymakers: Durham project.

WUNC is one of 15 stations across the country chosen to be a part of the innovative public media project called Localore: Finding America.  The project is being put together by the Association of Independents in Radio and is funded in large part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The project is produced by John Biewen, a producer with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and host of the Scene on Radio podcast. The project will explore the things that bring us together and divide us as a community, like race, class and faith.

Find out more and submit a written story of your own at

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