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Clarkston Georgia

Clarkston Georgia

Clarkston Georgia

Located in the Atlanta metropolitan area, Clarkston is a suburb surrounded by Atlanta. The city's population is around 12,000, with a majority of the population being minorities (54% African American, 27% white, 8% Asian). Historically, it was a tightly knit community, but due to urbanization and expansion from the Atlanta skyline and highways, it is now growing into a prominent metropolis.

Georgia

Leon Shombana, 47, a former high school teacher from the Democratic Republic of Congo now works as a manager at Refuge Coffee in Clarkston, Georgia. Rudika, a neighbor, customer and sometimes- jewelry vendor from Bhutan sits outside. The coffee and food truck provides employment and job training to refugees recently resettled in the community. Leon Shombana, 47, a former high school teacher from the Democratic Republic of Congo now works as a manager at Refuge Coffee in Clarkston, Georgia. Rudika, a neighbor, customer and sometimes- jewelry vendor from Bhutan sits outside. The coffee and food truck provides employment and job training to refugees recently resettled in the community. Leon Shombana, 47, a former high school teacher from the Democratic Republic of Congo now works as a manager at Refuge Coffee in Clarkston, Georgia. Rudika, a neighbor, customer and sometimes- jewelry vendor from Bhutan sits outside. The coffee and food truck provides employment and job training to refugees recently resettled in the community. Joe Gonzalez

Doris Mukangu runs the Amani Women Center, a space for refugee women in Clarkston, Georgia, to meet and commune, as well as obtain job training and learn weaving and sewing skills. Unique items, such as an elephant puppet made out of wire and a Coke can, can be found at the center. Doris Mukangu runs the Amani Women Center, a space for refugee women in Clarkston, Georgia, to meet and commune, as well as obtain job training and learn weaving and sewing skills. Unique items, such as an elephant puppet made out of wire and a Coke can, can be found at the center. Doris Mukangu runs the Amani Women Center, a space for refugee women in Clarkston, Georgia, to meet and commune, as well as obtain job training and learn weaving and sewing skills. Unique items, such as an elephant puppet made out of wire and a Coke can, can be found at the center. Dustin Chambers (Source:www.theadvertiser.com)

City

The city is noted for its diversity. In the 1990s refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many different backgrounds. The rental market was open, residents were moving farther out from the Atlanta urban core, and Clarkston was the last stop on a transit line into the city. By the 2000s the local high school had students from more than 50 countries; a local mosque had 800 worshippers; and by some estimates, half the population was from outside the U.S.Farhiya Muhyadin, the wife of Omar Shekey, photographed in her store, Benadir Dollar Store, in Clarkston, Georgia. The town is just outside of Atlanta’s city limits and has become known as the “Ellis Island of the South.” Photo by DUSTIN CHAMBERS; Photo illustration by Caitlin Ellingson/USA TODAY Networke.

Over the last three decades, this quiet suburb just 30 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta has become home to thousands of refugees representing more than 40 countries and speaking at least 60 languages, according to the city's mayor. Terry ended a three-year moratorium that had been put in place banning new refugees from residing in Clarkston and declared it “Welcoming City” to refugees.Portrait of Darara Gubo, left, 40, a law student from Ethiopia, and Samuel Rai, 26, who grew up in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal, photographed in front of Refuge Coffee in Clarkston, Georgia. They both ran for city council seats in early November, the first time either had run for office. DUSTIN CHAMBERS (Source: www.theadvertiser.com)

 

 

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