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A Far Cry


Inside a mud brick home in Burundi, five children sit in a circle on the reddish dirt floor and wait. In the center lies a tin plate filled with mashed manioc, a white root vegetable similar to sweet potato.

They survived a genocide in their homeland of Burundi, only to spend decades living in refugee camps in neighboring Tanzania.

Vasita Hakizimana flips through a stack of photos of her children who are still back in Africa.

The humanitarian program to resettle refugees from across the world starts with the federal government and about $1 billion a year, but it's up to local nonprofits to help them thrive.

MTABILA CAMP, Tanzania -- The message was clear: "Let us talk about your return home," Burundi government officials told a crowd of about 2,000 refugees inside Mtabila camp in northwestern Tanzania.

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