6 Voices for 6 Decades – Haidar Emhareb, Iraq

Alaska: Hayat Khalaf

State: Alaska

City of Residence: Anchorage, Alaska

Country of origin: Iraq

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Ms. Hayat Khalaf is a refugee from Iraq who was resettled to Anchorage, Alaska in 2008. Ms. Khalaf is a true asset to the refugee community of Alaska, and is sought out regularly by not only the local resettlement agency staff, but by members of the refugee community for her leadership and conflict resolution skills. Mrs. Khalaf began officially supporting refugees arriving to Alaska from 2011-2012 when she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer …

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Florida: Basma Alawee

Florida: Basma Alawee

State: Florida

City of Residence: Atlantic Beach, Florida

Country of origin: Iraq

Arrival in the U.S.: 2010

Ms. Basma Alawee her husband were forced to flee Iraq when her family was targeted due to her husband’s employment by an American company. Ms. Alawee now lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida with her husband and two daughters. Although she was a material engineer in Iraq, Ms. Alawee struggled to get credential recognition in the United States. Instead she obtained a teaching certificate and now teaches math and science at a middle …

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Arizona: Entekhab Alsaraji

Arizona: Entekhab Alsaraji

State: Arizona

City of Residence: Tucson, Arizona

Country of origin: Iraq

Arrival in the U.S.: 2010

Ms. Entekhab Alsaraji was forced to flee Iraq due to security concerns from Iraqi insurgents after she worked as an interpreter for Coalition Forces from 2003-2009. She came to the United States on a Special Immigrant Visa, and was resettled in Tucson, Arizona where she currently lives with her husband, son and daughter. Ms. Alsaraji works with Arabic-speaking refugees as a bilingual clerk for the AMPHI school district. Previously, she worked with the …

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Oklahoma: Sahar Aldurobi

Oklahoma: Sahar Aldurobi

State: Oklahoma

City of Residence: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Country of origin: Iraq

Arrival in the U.S.: 2009

Ms. Sahar Aldurobi worked for the Minister of Defense following the U.S.-led coalition intervention in Iraq, while her husband worked as an engineer and contractor for an American construction company. Due to their job affiliations with the United States, insurgent groups threatened Ms. Aldurobi and her family, and attempted to kidnap their eldest son. Ms. Aldurobi was resettled to Oklahoma City in 2009, where she currently lives with her husband, two sons, …

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Michigan: Jihan Daman

Michigan: Jihan Daman

State: Michigan

City of Residence: Livonia, Michigan

Country of origin: Iraq

Arrival in the U.S.: 1985

Ms. Jihan Daman was resettled to the United States from Iraq with her family in 1985, and she currently lives in Livonia, Michigan. Ms. Daman is the founder and president of two social services agencies in Michigan: St. Rita Family Services Inc. and St. Rita Hands of Hope. Her agencies administer a variety of programs for new refugees, including a state program specifically for pregnant mothers – the Maternal Infant Health Program – …

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