Refugee Stories

Mirza Huremovic: Singer, Automotive Businessman, and Bosnian Refugee

Refugee Stories

Mirza Huremovic: Singer, Automotive Businessman, and Bosnian Refugee

My name is Mirza Huremovic and I am a Bosnian refugee. I was born in Germany in 1995, five years before my family came to the United States. The war in Bosnia was in full force from 1992 to 1995, so my mom fled to Germany where I was born. My mom, dad, older brother, and I came to America in 2000 looking for opportunity, like many others do. When we arrived in America, I was about five years old. In Bosnia and Germany, everyone thought about America as being so big and exciting. It definitely changes your perspective once...

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Arapp Jeylanii: Youtuber, Comedian, and Somali Refugee.

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Arapp Jeylanii: Youtuber, Comedian, and Somali Refugee.

My name is Arapp Jeylanii. I am Somali, but I was born in Nairobi, Kenya. My mother and the rest of my family were fleeing Somalia, and I was born in Kenya on the way. After that, we all fled to America in 1995 when I was 3 months old, including my four siblings- two brothers, two sisters, all older than me. Because I left Kenya at such a young age, I didn’t get to see much of what Africa really was. The main thing I had was images and videos and stories from my family. We all saw America...

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Secretary Carlos Gutierrez: International Businessman, U.S Former Secretary of Commerce, and Cuban Refugee

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Secretary Carlos Gutierrez: International Businessman, U.S Former Secretary of Commerce, and Cuban Refugee

I was born in Cuba and left with my parents when I was six years old. When I arrived in America, I didn’t even know how to say “yes”. We stayed at this little hotel in Miami and I remember one of the people working at the hotel was teaching me English. I started school and still didn’t speak much English, but knew I had to learn. It’s like when you’re thrown into a pool and forced to swim so that you don’t drown. Though I was young, what I do remember from our arrival is that people were overwhelmingly...

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Victor: Youth worker, future lawyer, and Liberian refugee

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Victor: Youth worker, future lawyer, and Liberian refugee

My name is Victor, I am Liberian, and I come from a refugee camp in Ghana called Buduburam. I was actually born in Ghana because of the Civil War that took place in Liberia. The funny thing is, the people in Ghana didn’t even like us because we were refugees. I didn’t grow up with my parents and we don’t know where they went during the wartime. My sister and I ended up getting displaced and later adopted by my Aunt and her husband. We had been living and going to school in Ghana when we got a resettlement through...

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Natalia: Student, Future Entrepreneur, and Central-American refugee

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Natalia: Student, Future Entrepreneur, and Central-American refugee

Content Warning: Gang Violence, Sexual Assault My name is Natalia, I’m 21 years old, a student, and a refugee from Central America*. This is my story. I came here in 2009 with my family. There was a lot of violence in our country and the abuse we had to endure, including at the hands of my mother’s sister, caused significant delay. It took over a year to make the journey to America. Shortly before we left, the gangs were starting to take over the town. They start recruiting kids as soon as possible, around 12 or 13 years old. If...

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