6 Voices for 6 Decades – Haidar Emhareb, Iraq

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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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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