Ekhlas Ahmed expresses the importance of education for refugee women and girls

Ekhlas Ahmed expresses the importance of education for refugee women and girls

At the Northeast Refugee Congress, Ekhlas was amongst several delegates to advocate for refugee rights and empowerment. More than 100 people attended the conference, which focused on tackling the challenges that refugees face after being resettled, such as health care and education. Read more about the conference here.

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Ekhlas Ahmed Speaks at a Rally in Maine

Ekhlas Ahmed Speaks at a Rally in Maine

“It shouldn’t matter that they are 10,000 miles away.
It shouldn’t matter that they speak a different language or that they are of a different race.
It shouldn’t matter that their governments might be to blame.
It shouldn’t matter that they practice a different religion. We welcome Syrian refugees.”

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Maine: Ekhlas Ismail Ahmed

Maine: Ekhlas Ismail Ahmed

State: Maine

City of Residence: Portland, Maine

Country of origin: Sudan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2005

Ms. Ekhlas Ahmed was forced to flee the outbreak of civil war in Sudan with her mother, father, and three younger brothers in 2003. Her family was resettled to Portland, Maine, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Sociology from the University of Southern Maine, and currently works for AmeriCorps as a high school ELL teacher. Ms. Ahmed is the vice president and co-founder of Darfur Youth of Tomorrow, an …

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