Rwandan and Congolese refugees shell beans in front of their apartment on the 600 block of Bear Street last Thursday afternoon in Syracuse. At left is Innocent Gapande from Rwanda. At center is Nyirakarire Theresa from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Off to the right is Buregeya Mugarukira from Rwanda. Photo by Mike Greenlar | Central Current.

Contributor Mike Greenlar stumbled upon Innocent Gapande, Nyirakarire Theresa and Buregeya Mugarukira as they shelled beans on Bear Street.

Gapande, on the left, and Nyirakarire, center, are both refugees. Gapande is from Rwanda while Kyirakarire is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On the right is Mugarukira, who is also from Rwanda.

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