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There Is a Hopeful Tomorrow

Sankar Raman
Sankar Raman / The Immigrant Story

Things were going well for Jenny Munezero in Portland, Oregon. She was working in a rewarding career and engaged to a man she adored. But as the two families moved forward with wedding plans, and worked out the details of her dowry, Jenny found herself struggling to keep up with the details of the Burundi customs. Two months after she was born there, war broke out. Her parents, fearful for their lives in the genocide, fled, leaving Jenny behind. Much of how she survived still remains a mystery. There was a lot she didn’t know about herself — until she came to the U.S.

This episode was written by Degen Larkin and Fran Silverman. Audio editing was done by Rick March. The music was composed by Corey Larkin. Julianna Ribidoux conducted the original interview in 2019. Our executive producer is Sankar Raman.

4 thoughts on “There Is a Hopeful Tomorrow

  1. Thank you for letting us hear Jenny’s story…she is a remarkable woman. This was a very powerful and emotional episode and I’m looking forward to listening to more of this podcast!

  2. This is the core strength of our country — Jenny embodies the resilient spirit of so many who came here in search of a more “hopeful tomorrow.” It’s immigrants who make America great.

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