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The memories are still vivid in Yousif Kowa's mind. The sun would slowly set on the ragged soccer field at Front Park, where his dad would break down the parts of his game that could be corrected from that day's performance, whether it was with Hutch-Tech, Global Premier Soccer or the Western New York Flash Academy. Sometimes the training – just a few blocks from the…

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TED Talks are firmly in Buffalo's vernacular; it's rare that you'll receive a blank stare when TEDxBuffalo is mentioned. The beauty of these 18-minute presentations is their brevity; our ever-dwindling attention spans can cope, and if one topic is too dull, there's an entirely different idea ready to be delivered by the next speaker. People with a passion for ideas a…

Gusto

As the West Side Bazaar’s mixture of international cuisines and crafts and immigrant ingenuity earned it more accolades, its small seating area limited its capacity and sent some visitors away unsatisfied. The two-year search for a space as big as its potential ended with the announcement Thursday that the Bazaar’s non-profit parent, Westminster Economic Development Ini…

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Farouk Majeed needed a left defender. The Journey's End soccer coach peered down his sideline, weighing his options. An older, bigger Eritrean opponent had already scored a second goal, and Majeed didn't want to concede more. From a spectator's standpoint, his options for substitutes were fascinating. Kids who'd escaped war, poverty and oppression in Sudan, Afghanistan …

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The pride of nations will be at stake at LaSalle Park this weekend as the World Refugee Day soccer tournament has announced its accepted teams and structure. Bhutan, Vietnam, Sudan, Somalia and Kenya are among the regions represented, with a diverse team from Journey's End Refugee Services also returning for its second year. Overall, 12 teams - comprising mostly refugee…

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There's a tendency for Buffalo natives to become insular, like when we adore when outsiders pump us up and lash out defensively when others put us down. While some might view these knee-jerk reactions as negative and excessive, they're also signs that Buffalonians are fiercely proud of their hometown. World Refugee Day and the Taste of Diversity, both running this weeke…

Art

Buffalo's refugee community is ripe with stories of courage, uncertainty, separation and freedom, and there's a desire for more of these journeys to be told, especially in light of legislation that tightens the reins on how many refugees and immigrants the City of Good Neighbors may accept. The News' long-read series "From Buffalo to Burma" is the most in-depth piece de…

Columns

A couple of times a day, I find my way downstairs to the Grab & Go shop in the lobby of The Buffalo News, where the guy behind the counter sells me coffee and punches my card. At a spot where Lake Erie makes its presence known not far beyond the window, we often end up talking about the weather. In Buffalo, that inevitably leads toward comparisons, good or bad, with…

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Journey’s End Refugee Services has been awarded a three-year $562,500 grant to help refugee entrepreneurs launch child care businesses in underserved areas of Erie County, the child services organization stated in a release Monday. Journey's End will work with Child Care Resource Network on a project funded with a grant from the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement; the …

Buffalo

An East Side religious congregation founded by Burmese refugees won city approval this week to construct an assembly hall to accommodate weddings, fellowship events and other programs for its growing membership. The Karen Baptist Church plans to erect a 2,800-square-foot brick-faced wood building on part of its 1.08-acre property at 3012 Bailey Ave., at the corner of Ha…

Buffalo

The way Fidele Menavanza saw it, he had one choice. About four years ago, he and his wife Liliane, a skilled seamstress, returned to their West Side home in Buffalo to discover someone had broken in and ransacked the place. Liliane's jewelry was gone, including some beloved heirlooms. The thieves had taken Fidele's laptop, which included research papers and family ph…

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It was one of those stories that you had to read twice, to fully take it in. In a meeting with lawmakers Thursday, President Trump reportedly said this nation does not need more people from countries that he labeled with a well-known pejorative, a graphic affront. It was part of a discussion involving immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and the collected nations of Afric…

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Sister Kathleen Dougherty expected this phase in her career to involve peace and quiet. She had already retired three times from teaching jobs in South Carolina and Western New York. In 2015, she moved into the new St. Mary's Center on Buffalo's West Side, where her fellow Sisters of St. Mary of Namur needed someone who could play the organ. Dougherty planned on help…

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Immigrants and refugees settling in Buffalo sometimes run into difficulties, and when difficulties occur, police frequently respond to help sort out the problems. But how to communicate, when thousands of refugees speak dozens of different languages in Buffalo? Buffalo police came up with a way. They carry a card listing 75 different languages that are spoken in the …