Journalism isn't so glamorous.
A transit home for boys who are in conflict with the law, ex-combatants or having trouble with their parents emits the sound of joy that makes the hard work of reintegration look fun.
Charles, a former fighter, believes the U.S. is a land of freedom and looks forward to the day he could enter the country. Freedom, he believes, will turn his skin as light as a white person.
MUZAFFARPUR, India -- Looking out over gray waters that have drowned the rice paddies that are his livelihood, laborer Bhavat Nagar swore no flood he could recall came close to the size of the latest monsoon deluge that also washed away most of his village and a neighbor's child.
"This is the worst it has been," he said, shaking his head. "We always lose a little, but now we have lost everything. I don't know what to do."
David Gibson and his girlfriend Grace live with their one-month-old baby in a makeshift shack in Monrovia. A sole breadwinner and amputee, David hopes his son will have a better life than he had.
Many Liberians wish to come to the U.S., hoping for better opportunities. But those who have been to the U.S., like Chico, realized that grave challenges exist no matter where they go.
After the civil war, many Liberian youth found themselves at the margins of the society, struggling to get by. Some, like Peter Fayah and David Gibson, survive by relying upon “the grace of God.”
MUZAFFARPUR, India -- In the six weeks since their village was swallowed by floodwaters, Chaitu Sahani and his family have watched helplessly as government aid deliveries pass their new home.
Along with thousands of other refugees, they live in shoddy tarpaulin tents that stretch for miles along one of the few still operable highways in this dirt-poor northern Bihar state.
Why the food trucks don't stop now, they cannot understand.
Liberia's civil war brought together those who once fought for Charles Taylor. Despite being marginalized after the war, the group has formed strong relationships that can lead to reintegration.
Liberians who fled the country as a result of the 14-year civil war had to undergo medical examination upon returning to Robert International Airport in Monrovia, Liberia's capital.
Although the UNHCR's official repatriation program is over, 65 Liberians who went into exile because of the 14-year civil war were given the opportunity to come home.
It was a day of connections in Liberia for Pulitzer Center grantee Ruthie Ackerman. She met with relatives of Liberians who fled the 14-year civil war and are trying to make a living in Staten Island.