Virginia: Thon Moses Chol

Virginia: Thon Moses Chol

State: Virginia

City of Residence: Alexandria, Virginia

Country of origin: Sudan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2000

Reverent Thon Moses Chol was only four years old when the war in Sudan forced him to flee his village as a “Lost Boy” and fend for himself before being resettled as an unaccompanied minor. Mr. Chol was resettled to the United States in 2000 and now lives in Alexandria, Virginia where he works as a Vocational Specialist for the Washington, D.C. government. He is also an ordained Episcopal Pastor at St. Paul’s …

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Virginia: Farjam Behnam

Virginia: Farjam Behnam

State: Virginia

City of Residence: Springfield, Virginia

Country of origin: Iran

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Farjam Behnam was granted asylum in the United States after fleeing Iran in 2008. In Iran Mr. Behnam managed a news website and wrote political bulletins that were widely distributed to embassies, universities, and companies in Iran. The government considered these political reports to be controversial, and Mr. Behnam felt that he was not allowed to write freely about the Iranian government. Because of his work he was invited by Freedom House, …

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