For the Albakour family, starting over in Albany hasn’t been easy. They have faced language barriers, medical emergencies, and the grief of losing their home and community back in Syria. However, through gratitude, optimism and resilience, the family has begun to feel that New York is home.
The Albakour family was one of the first Syrian families resettled by USCRI Albany. Since 2005, USCRI Albany has resettled over 4,000 refugees from over two dozen troubled countries. “The Syrians got a lot of attention in the media. The people we’re serving are not in the news anymore although things are still bad in the Congo, Iraq, Myanmar and other countries where our refugees come from,” said Jill Peckenpaugh, director of USCRI’s Albany office.
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