Refugee Stories

  • Vayong Moua- Father, Community member and Hmong Refugee

    My name is Vayong Moua. I was part of an early wave of Hmong refugees. I came to this country when I was just one-year-old 1976. I came to this cou...
  • Tishitaa Tufaa- Entrepreneur, and Oromo Refugee

    Hi, my name is Tishitaa Tufaa. I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I came to Minneapolis in 1992. I was a schoolteacher back home for about two year...
  • Jamal Ali- Father, Translator and Iraq Refugee

    now it's like recently the Syrian refugees now, there are serious. Is there a lot of students right? I am not so I mean because I work as an interp...
  • Kaziah Josiah- Community Member, and Burmese refugee

    my name is Kaziah Josiah. I came to the United States in 2004. my parents were originally from Burma and then I was born in Thailand. I grew up in ...
  • Hikma Kadir- College student, Fashion Designer and Oromo Refugee

    Hi, my name is Hikma, I’m originally from Oromiyaa. Oromo people make up about a third of the entire population of Ethiopia. Over the past, several...
  • Ifrah Mansour- Multimedia artist, educator and Somali Refugee

    My name is Ifrah Mansour and I was born in Saudi Arabia. My family had just moved back to Somalia when the civil war broke out in 1991. Our world w...
  • Mohamed ORR: Artist, Fashion and Somali Refugee

    I’m the youngest of 9 in my family. We were at the park and I was told “Pack up and leave” and we got on the shuttle bus to the airport and get on ...
  • Arnisa Morina: Future Lawyer, Advocate and Kosovan Refugee

    I immigrated to Canada as a refugee in 1999 when I was three, from war-torn Kosovo. Ever since then, Canada has been a safe haven for my family and...
  • Nuni Omat: NBA Prospect, Former Baylor Athlete and Kenyan Refugee

    My name is Nuni Omat and I was born in Nairobi, Kenya. I came to the US with my family, which was my mother and brother when I was only a couple mo...
  • Tou Ger Bennett Xiong: Activist, Comedian, Rap Artist, and Hmong Refugee

    My name is Tou Ger and I was born in Laos in 1973. My family left our country in 1975 when I was only two years old. I had a baby sister who was ju...
  • Sedrick Ntwali: Blogger, Public Speaker and Congo Refugee

    My name is Sedrick Ntwali and I was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Due to ongoing conflict in the country, my family and ...
  • Pa Der Vang: Mother, College Professor, and Hmong Refugee

    I was born in July 1975 in a refugee camp.  My parents fled the war, towards the end of the Vietnam War in May 1975.  It ended on April 30th, so th...