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Conflict zone refugees about to relocate to Fox Valley

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq in this March 29,
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq in this March 29,

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Starting in January, about 75 refugees will be re-settled from international battle zones to the much more peaceful Fox Valley. 

The non-profit group World Relief Fox Valley is helping obtain health screenings, housing, and integration assistance for refugees from the Congo, Myanmar, and Iraq. 

The group also plans to help the refugees find jobs which match their skills. 

Kathy Flores, Appleton's diversity coordinator, tells the Post-Crescent that her office will work with churches and other religious institutions to prepare for the refugees' arrival.

The first refugees are expected to arrive in January. The re-settlement effort is in its third year. 

So far, almost 175 people have participated, mostly Burmese refugees.

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