Refugee Boy Scouts (Aurora, Colorado)

refugee4Justin Mbelechi, a 13-year-old refugee from Africa, jumps through the frigid water of Echo Lake near Idaho Springs, Colo. He is a member of Colorado Boy Scout Troop 1532, which is made up almost entirely of refugees. It’s unclear how many of the nation’s 2.3 million scouts are refugees, but “few programs are as equipped to help children learn and embrace American culture,” Effie Delimarkos, a Boy Scouts of America spokeswoman, said in an email to The Associated Press. Read my story HERE, and see my entire photo gallery HERE. For other photos, please visit my website at www.thomaspeipert.com.

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