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Wilmot Collins, who escaped civil war in Liberia in 1994, speaks on the steps of the state Capitol in August as part of the National Day of Action calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

Adam McCaw, Independent Record

A Helena man who fled civil war in Liberia with his new bride in the 1990s will be a featured speaker Tuesday night when Soft Landing Missoula hosts its second in a series of presentations about refugee resettlement.

Wilmot Collins joins Molly Short Carr of the International Rescue Committee and Soft Landing’s Mary Poole in the Urey Lecture Hall on the University of Montana campus for a 6 p.m. program titled “Refugee Resettlement in Missoula.” Larry Abramson, dean of the UM School of Journalism, will serve as moderator.

Presenters will discuss the basics of the global refugee crisis, the resettlement process, and Missoula’s part in it. A question-and-answer period will be held after the speakers are finished. Those with questions will be asked to write them on index cards for Abramson to select.

The first Soft Landing Missoula program in September drew more than 300 people to a program that featured Paul Robinson of Missoula, who spoke about refugee conditions in his native Congo. Five Congolese families were the first to be welcomed to Missoula by the IRC and Soft Landing Missoula in August and September. They were joined in October by four Iraqi refugees.

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Outlying communities, transportation, history and general assignment reporter at the Missoulian