From the Introduction by NH Governor Maggie Hassan:

Through its pictures and stories, Different Roots, Common Dreams demonstrates how the individuals and families who help constitute this remarkable diversity enrich the fabric of our society…. Inclusiveness and diversity are an integral part of our stories as Granite Staters, strengthening our families, our communities, and our state.

From the Foreword by photographer, John Isaac:

I first met Becky Field in Maine 2012.… Even though she was relatively new to the photography field, she was a natural and turned out to be one of the best students I’ve ever taught. …

It is sad to note that the refugee and immigrant situation has not improved much in all these years.…The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has exceeded 50 million people for the first time since World War II….Becky’s photo project documenting the immigrants in her home state is particularly relevant. It’s by starting changes in our own communities that will eventually reverberate to a bigger global picture. Maybe that’s the only way things will change.

From three of six “Journey Stories” by NH immigrants:

Bhutan: At midnight one night when I was 11, soldiers…told us to leave everything and get out of the house. They had guns; we had no choice. When we were all outside, they burned down our house while we watched. The same night, empty-handed and afraid, my parents, siblings and I walked 45 miles to neighboring India. When we arrived, we were loaded onto a truck with other refugees and driven to Nepal.…I did not waste time in the camps. I continued my education, eventually earning a bachelor degree in Physics from the University of North Bengal in India.…Finally I am earning a good life [in New Hampshire] for my family. I have the strong hope that I will not have to flee again.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: [After being accepted at a Canadian college,] I joined a mission trip to Los Angeles, hoping that I could get to the Canadian college through the United States. That didn’t work because I still needed paperwork from the Congolese government. I was stuck – I couldn’t go back to the violent conditions in the Congo; I couldn’t get to Canada to study; and I had only a tourist visa in the U.S.…My only option was to apply for asylum because it was unsafe for me to go home….When I first came here, there were only seven Congolese people in Manchester, but they welcomed me. Now there are many, and more coming because of the continued killing in the Congo.…Today I am a voice for others in the African community.

Somalia: Education was very important in my family, but we had to pay money just to come and go from the [refugee] camp, as well as pay for education after primary school….We were so pleased to be coming to the U.S. that the state didn’t matter. After finding how cold it is in New Hampshire, perhaps we should have gone to Arizona!…I want my children (now three sons and a daughter) to know our Somali culture, to learn the Somali language, and to hold onto our Muslim beliefs. At the same time, I want my children to get a good education. I am working hard to save money for four college tuitions. This is a great country and I am glad that my family has had the opportunity to come here.

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