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India’s Displaced Climate Migrants Find Hope in Better Jobs and Education

Eight-year-old Jerifa Islam only remembers the river running wild, its waters eating away at her family’s farmland and the waves hitting their home during the rainy season floods. Then one day in July 2019, the mighty Brahmaputra River engulfed everything.

His home in Darrang district in the Indian state of Assam was swept away. But calamity set Jerifa and her brother, Raju, 12, on a path that eventually led them to schools nearly 2,000 miles from Bangalore, where people speak the Kannada language that is so different from the native Bangla of the children.

Those first days were tough. Lessons in free public schools were taught in Kannada, and Raju could not understand a word of the instruction.

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