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Vermont Public Radio 2019 Murrow Entry — News Series (Rutland)

A girl lies on her back and holds a young boy on her feet like an airplane.
Elodie Reed
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VPR
Layan, 12, plays with her 16-month-old brother Danyal, who horses around with his siblings when they arrive home from school. Danyal loves it when his family sings the "Baby Shark" song to him, and he sings it back.

In 2016, Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras announced the city would become Vermont's newest resettlement community and welcome 100 mostly Syrian refugees, with more expected to follow. Those in favor and those opposed quickly mobilized, and Rutland made national and international headlines as a microcosm of the larger refugee debate raging worldwide.

Nina Keck's three-part series examined how the small city and those closely involved with the refugee debate changed because of it. Keck profiled the mayor, who was ousted; she caught up with one of the three Syrian families that made it; and she examined Rutland's ongoing struggles to confront racism and xenophobia. 

Read the three stories below:

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