Run or Hide? Seeking Refuge in Tanzania

When Bill Clinton Hadam's refugee family was approved for resettlement in the U.S., the boy's parents faced a "Sophie's Choice" dilemma: him or his sister. After escaping slaughter in Congo and Rwanda, the family waited in a Tanzanian camp for nearly a decade. Rape was common there, and Bill's teen sister Neema was a victim. Afterward, she ran away. Her mother and stepfather felt helpless to search for her, since leaving the camp risked arrest and jeopardized their chances of a permanent home.

So in 2006, her parents made the agonizing choice to board a plane for Atlanta, leaving Neema behind. This year, reporter Mary Wiltenburg has been following 9-year-old Bill, his family, and their American life, in an award-winning series for The Christian Science Monitor. Now, thanks to the Pulitzer Center, the Little Bill Clinton series travels to Tanzania: to meet Neema, living with her 4-year-old son in an urban slum and desperate to reunite with her parents and brothers, and to visit refugee camps where her family's friends face uncertain futures as the country expels hundreds of thousands of refugees.

The friends Bill Clinton left behind in Africa

Until they were 6, Bill and his friends Emmanuel and Jean-Jacques lived together in Mkugwa, a camp of 2,000 Central African refugees in Northwest Tanzania. Their parents were close friends, and the boys grew up sharing meals, soccer games, wheelbarrow rides. Then, in October 2006, everything changed.

Mary Wiltenburg Finalist for Livingston, Dart Awards

In 2010, Mary Wiltenburg was named a finalist for the 2009 Livingston Awards and the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma for her Christian Science Monitor series on a Tanzanian refugee resettling in the United States.

Mary Wiltenburg Wins Awards for her Reporting in Tanzania from ASJA and EWA

The American Society of Journalists and Authors recently announced the winners of its annual writing awards. Wiltenburg won first place in the Profiles category for "Lost in Migration."

She also received a special citation from the Education Writers Association, which recently announced its 2009 winners for education reporting for "Little Bill Clinton: A Day in the Life of a New American."