Many Roads to Here: May Be Awkward, But It Has To Be Said

Join us this Sunday, February 6th at 4pm for the return of Many Roads to Here, a production of The Immigrant Story, capturing the immigrant experience in the U.S. through monthly profiles. Voices from across the globe offer intimate accounts of immigration, war, genocide, and success. Listen live at 99.1 FM in the heart of Portland – or online anywhere at

Belise Nishimwe was 5 years old when she arrived in the U.S. She was born in a Tanzanian refugee camp, the daughter of genocide survivors. In 2007, her family moved to the United States as refugees. Their new home would be Portland, Oregon.

In her first moments in the United States, Belise noticed a man writing. She was captivated by the movement of the pen. This pen would become a metaphor for Belise’s life. She would go from struggling to learn English to becoming an award winning poet.

Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. This episode was produced by Jodelle Marx. Audio editing was done by Richard March, assisted by Jodelle Marx and Gregg Palmer. Our executive producer is Sankar Raman.

Original post written by Jodelle Marx.

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