A refugee child named Sabrin takes part in Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigrant Services third Refugee Youth Summer Program July 15-19. The goal of the program is to take children who may have never attended school before and help them get acclimated to going to school in the United States. LEAVEN PHOTO BY MATT MCCABE

by Ellie Melero


Going to a new school is hard.

But it’s even harder when that new school is in a new country.

That is the prospect many children from refugee families living in the Kansas City area are facing this month.

Every year, thousands of people immigrate to the United States as refugees. They come seeking asylum from civil wars and religious, racial and ethnic persecution, among other things. They come seeking a better life for themselves and their families. When they arrive, they need help starting their new lives.

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