Fredericton's virtual 'living library' gives immigrants a voice

When Inem Nsimah uprooted her life in Kenya for a career change in New Brunswick, she was warmly welcomed by her new co-workers. But when the work day ended she felt alone.

"I suddenly became afraid, because I was happy in the day working, but at evenings I was very lonely," she said. "And I started doubting that decision."

She would like Frederictonians to learn the challenges of joining the community as a newcomer.

That goal encouraged Nsimah to be an open book for the Fredericton community during an annual "living library" event. Inspired by similar gatherings around the world, the libraries started in 2017 with a focus on homelessness and have evolved to give a voice to immigrants.

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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