A Syrian Refugee Couple Adopt Their American Family
February 26, 2019 App Interview

Zubair Rushk and Etan Shukri, married Syrian refugees, adopted Daniel and Joyce Romm as their American parents after a chance meeting prompted by a newspaper article.

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Theresa Taken and Emily Taken-Vertz

Theresa Taken (72) talks with her daughter Emily Taken-Vertz (28) about growing up in rural Iowa, being adventurous, going to college, traveling the world, and becoming a lawyer after being a social worker in the South Bronx.

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Kalid Loul and Ahmed Flex Omar

Kalid Loul (32) talks to his colleague, Ahmed Flex Omar (38), about his childhood in New Jersey, living in Syria from the ages of 10-14, the difference in education between the US and Syria, his career interests, and starting his...

Kareem Mosa-Basha interviews his dad, Ismael Mosa-Basha about growing up in Syria and imagrating to the United States

Ismael was born in Syria in 1957 and had to immigrate to the United States at the age of 21 because he was wanted by the goverment.

Coming To America: Mariam Elias

I interviewed my grandmother for a sophomore American History class about how she came to this country and her journey.

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Lucy Murillo and Tawfik Abbasi

Lucy Murillo (29) and Tawfik Abbasi (26), who work together in the swim program at the YMCA, share their stories of how they became involved with teaching swimming and also discuss Tawfik's and Lucy's parents' immigration stories.

Atah Awwad

In this interview, conducted in November 2018 in Chantilly, Virginia, Yara Alsakbani (15) interviews her Grandpa, Atah Awwad (61) about his childhood in Palestine, and his life afterwards in Syria. In addition to his childhood, Atah talks about his life...

Experiences in America

Asking my mother how she got her job, how she was in school and how she felt in America.

Experiences from Living in Multiple Countries

Keerthana Jayamoorthy: 2022-01-23 22:33:40 Keerthana Jayamoorthy (17) talked with a new friend she made this year Jehan Aldulaimi (17) who has been moving from country to country all her life.

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Clemens Work and Asmaa Albukaie

Friends and colleagues Clemens "Clem" Work (75) and Asmaa Abukaie (37) discuss Asmaa's upbringing in Damascus, Syria before the outbreak of war in 2011. The two share memories of supporting other immigrant and refugee families in Montana and Idaho. Asmaa...

100 Kilometers Away From Home

A recognized refugee in Cyprus tells his story about how he ended up in this tiny island country just 100 km away from his hometown in Syria.

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Kinda Hanano and Esmat Hanano

Kinda Hanano (53) and her son Esmat Hanano (28) have a conversation about her moving to Atlanta in 1992, her life as an Arab-American immigrant, and how Esmat's experiences as a first generation American of Arab descent has been different...

My Mom's Journey Moving to the US from Syria

In this interview, I ask my mother about growing up in the shore town of Latakia Syria and her experience moving to the United States at the age of 12. She discusses cultural differences between the regions, how her and...

“I Have no one in Germany” Joud Khuzam- a Syrian refugee- speaks about her life

Emily Rafka’s cousin Jude Khuzam is a Syrian refugee in Germany. She escaped the war to get a better education and to get a better life experience. Jude talks about her childhood, her condition now, and many other things. She...

Interview on my uncle

I interviewed my uncle, Wael Yacoub. He talked about his childhood and what he has learned. I learned a lot of important things about him. He shared a lot of valuable lessons and memories with me.

A life well lived

Ranya story of her family coming to America.

Learning About My Father – George Sabeh

My father tells me about how working hard and being flexible to different cultures and lifestyles is valuable in life, how he wants me to find happiness and be happy, and recounts his experiences. Immigrating from Venezuela to Syria to...

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Mariela Shaker and Syma Mohammed

Mariela Shaker (30) talks with StoryCorps' Syma Mohammed (33) about her education as a violinist and coming to the United States to continue studying music when she had to leave Syria. She recalls helping her family leave Syria, people who...

Abier Najm shares stories, and wisdom from her childhood for listeners in the future.

Abier Najm(46) speaks to her son, Omar Abdalla(15), about her childhood life. She speaks about the struggles she went through living in an oppressive society in fear of the government and how she pushed through it. Both funny and sad,...