Refugee Stories

Tishitaa Tufaa- Entrepreneur, and Oromo Refugee

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 years after finishing college in Zimbabwe. After that, I went to graduate school here at the University of Minnesota The political climate in Ethiopia wasn't very positive at all; it was not a good time. The communist government was overthrown, and they were forming a new government. It was a very difficult time. I arrived in the United States in my early 20s. Everybody was always very welcoming, so, for me to...

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Jamal Ali- Father, Translator and Iraq Refugee

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 interpreter. I run into couple of them. Okay, but I didn't I don't know if they are coming as much as we used to come here. because we use like every day that was one of of people coming to u.s. [00:00:23] Minnesota is. At the beginning when we came in. Should we start the questions and yeah, okay do it. Okay, you just so yeah, just give us a little...

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Kaziah Josiah- Community Member, and Burmese refugee

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 Thailand until I was nine years old and I moved here. It was a bit of a cultural shot. When I was in Thailand, I learned English a little bit, but it wasn't to the point where I can come here and speak in a full sentence. It was just basic stuff. But when I first came here, I was the only Karin student in the entire Elementary school. I...

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Hikma Kadir- College student, Fashion Designer and Oromo Refugee

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 decades' politicians from other smaller ethnic groups have had authoritarian rule over the country thus causing Oromo people to be marginalized. To escape that harsh political climate my parents escaped to a refugee camp in Kenya to make their way to America. We moved to the United States when I was pretty young. I started elementary school at Pillsbury. I remember this one time we were learning about the life cycle of Chicken and...

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Ifrah Mansour- Multimedia artist, educator and Somali Refugee

Refugee Stories

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 was flipped upside down.My family and I experienced civil wars, droughts, famine and refugee camp before I was the age of ten. No one should face what refugees experience. My family and I were lucky enough to come to America and get a second chance at life. I am also lucky enough to have found my calling in life.  While I was finishing college and preparing to be a school...

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