ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Luma Mufleh - Refugee activist
Luma Mufleh does something revolutionary: she coaches soccer. A Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent, Mufleh is determined to empower refugee children everywhere.

Why you should listen

Luma Mufleh is the CEO and Founding Director of Fugees Family, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses the power of soccer, education and community to empower refugee children to successfully integrate into the United States. Now, she's part principal, part tutor, the head of the first accredited private school dedicated to refugee education in the country, which encompases a summer camp and a college prep program -- and she’s building a community and support network that could be the national model the United States needs.

The Fugees' story began in 2004, when Luma took a wrong turn while driving through the town of Clarkston, Georgia and noticed a group of boys playing soccer in the street. She learned that these children were refugees from war-town countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Burma, Somalia and Sudan. That summer, Luma made fliers announcing tryouts for the Fugees soccer team. In the years that followed, the soccer team grew into something much larger -- a school, a tutoring program, a summer camp, a college prep program, and, most importantly, a community and support network.

A lifelong social entrepreneur, Luma has created several programs and initiatives that have gainfully employed, educated and empowered refugees and immigrants in her community and beyond, with the Fugees Academy serving as a national model for refugee education. While only 20 percent of refugee students graduate from high school in Georgia's DeKalb County, the Fugees Academy has a 90 percent graduation rate. These types of results helped earn Luma the 2016 Cournelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Manhattan Institute.

A Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent, Luma received her U.S. citizenship in 2011. Her story -- and the story of the Fugees -- illustrates both the American dream and the very real challenges of integration and discrimination that so many face today. Luma received her B.A. in Anthropology from Smith College and recently completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

 

 

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Luma Mufleh: Don't feel sorry for refugees -- believe in them

لوما موفلیح: بەداخەوە مەبن بۆ پەنابەرەکان -- باوەڕتان پێیان بێت

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"بەرەوپێشچوونمان بینیوە لە هەموو بوارەکانی ژیانمان -- جگە لە مرۆڤایەتی" لە وتەکانی لوما موفلیح، پەنابەرێکی ئەردەنی موسوڵمانێکی بە ڕەچەڵەک سوری کە یەکەم خوێندنگەی تایبەتی کردەوە بۆ پەنابەران لە ویلایەتە یەکگرتووەکان. موفلیح باسی چیرۆکەکانی هیوا و بەرگەگرتن دەکات، ڕوونیدەکاتەوە چۆن یارمەتی خەڵکی وڵاتە پڕ شەڕ و کێشەکان دەدات بتوانن بە پرۆسە قوورسەکەی بنیاتنانی ماڵی نوێدا تێپەڕن. بەم وتە بەهێزانەی ئیلهام وەرگرن بۆ ئەوەی جیاوازییەک درووست بکەن لە ژیانی پەنابەرەکاندا.
- Refugee activist
Luma Mufleh does something revolutionary: she coaches soccer. A Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent, Mufleh is determined to empower refugee children everywhere. Full bio

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00:12
I remember when I first found out
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له‌بیرمه‌ كاتێك یەکەمجار زانیم
00:14
I was going to speak at a TED conference.
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هه‌ڵبژێردراوم بۆ
قسه‌كردن له‌ کۆنفرانسی تێد
00:16
I ran across the hall
to one of my classrooms
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به‌هۆڵه‌كه‌دا رامكرد
بۆ یه‌كێ له‌ پۆله‌كانم
00:19
to inform my students.
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تا به‌ خوێندكاره‌كانم بڵێم
00:20
"Guess what, guys?
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"بڵێن چی، كوڕینه‌؟
00:21
I've been asked to give a TED Talk."
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دیاریكراوم تا له‌ (تێد) قسه‌ بكه‌م"
00:23
The reaction wasn't one I quite expected.
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كاردانه‌وه‌یان وانه‌بوو كه‌ چاوه‌ڕوانبووم
00:25
The whole room went silent.
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ته‌واوی پۆله‌كه‌ بێده‌نگبوون
"تێد تۆڵك؟ مه‌به‌ستت، وه‌ك ئه‌وه‌ی
لەسەر گریت ناچار کردین سەیری بکەین؟
00:29
"A TED Talk? You mean, like the one
you made us watch on grit?
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00:32
Or the one with the scientist that did
this really awesome thing with robots?"
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یان ئه‌وه‌ی كه‌ زاناكه‌ شته‌ ناوازه‌كانی
ده‌كرد به‌ ڕۆبۆته‌كه‌؟"
00:35
Muhammad asked.
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ئه‌مه‌ پرسیاری محمد بوو.
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"Yes, just like that."
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"به‌ڵێ، ڕێك ئاواهی"
00:39
"But Coach, those people
are really important and smart."
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"به‌ڵام مامۆستا، ئه‌و خه‌ڵكانه‌
به‌ڕاستی زۆر گرنگ و زیرەکن"
00:42
(Laughter)
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(پێكه‌نین)
00:44
"I know that."
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"ده‌زانم"
00:46
"But Coach, why are you speaking?
You hate public speaking."
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"به‌ڵام مامۆستا، بۆ قسه‌ده‌كه‌ی؟ تۆ حه‌زت
له‌ قسه‌كردن نییه‌ له‌ شوێنی گشتی."
00:51
"I do," I admitted,
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"به‌ڵێ وایه‌" دانم پیانا
00:54
"But it's important that I speak about us,
that I speak about your journeys,
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"به‌ڵام گرنگه‌ ده‌رباره‌ی خۆمان
قسه‌ بكه‌م، له‌ گه‌شته‌كانی ئێوه‌ بدوێم،
00:57
about my journey.
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له‌ گه‌شته‌كه‌ی خۆم.
00:59
People need to know."
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خه‌ڵك ده‌بێ بزانن."
01:01
The students at the all-refugee
school that I founded
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خوێندكارانی خوێندنگای په‌نابه‌ران
01:03
decided to end with some
words of encouragement.
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پێویستیان به‌ هاندان هه‌یه‌
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"Cool! It better be good, Coach."
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"جوانه‌! باشتره‌ چاك بێت، مامۆستا."
01:08
(Laughter)
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(پێکەنین)
01:10
There are 65.3 million people
who have been forcibly displaced
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٦٥.٣ ملیۆن كه‌س بە ناچاری
دەرپەڕێنراون
01:14
from their homes because
of war or persecution.
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له‌ ماڵ و حاڵی خۆیان
به‌هۆی شه‌ڕ و كوشتاره‌وه‌.
01:18
The largest number,
11 million, are from Syria.
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زۆرترین ژماره‌ له‌ سوریاوه‌یه‌، ١١ ملیۆن كه‌س.
01:21
33,952 people flee their homes daily.
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رۆژانه‌ ٣٣،٩٥٢ كه‌س
له‌ماڵه‌كانی خۆیان ڕاده‌كه‌ن
01:28
The vast majority remain in refugee camps,
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به‌شی هه‌ره‌زۆریان له‌ كه‌مپی په‌نابه‌ران
ده‌مێننه‌وه‌،
01:32
whose conditions cannot be defined
as humane under anyone's definition.
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گوزه‌رانیان به‌شێوه‌یه‌كه‌ كه‌
به‌هیچ پێناسه‌یه‌ك هی مرۆڤ نییه‌.
01:36
We are participating
in the degradation of humans.
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ئێمه‌ به‌شدارین له‌ له‌ناوبردنی مرۆڤ.
01:44
Never have we had numbers this high.
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هیچكات رێژه‌كه‌ هێنده‌ به‌رز نه‌بوه‌.
01:46
This is the highest number
of refugees since World War II.
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ئه‌مه‌ به‌رزترین ژماره‌ی په‌نابه‌رانه‌
له‌دوای جه‌نگی جیهانی ٢.
01:50
Now, let me tell you why this issue
is so important to me.
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ئێستا، ڕێگه‌مبده‌ن پێتان بڵێم
بۆچی ئه‌مه‌ زۆر بۆم گرنگه‌.
01:54
I am an Arab. I am an immigrant.
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من عه‌ره‌بم. په‌نابه‌رم.
01:58
I am a Muslim.
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موسڵمانم.
02:00
I've also spent the last 12 years
of my life working with refugees.
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وه‌ ئه‌م دوانزه‌ ساڵه‌ی كۆتایم به‌كاركردن
له‌گه‌ڵ ئاواره‌كان به‌سه‌ربردووه‌.
02:03
Oh -- and I'm also gay.
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وه‌ هاوڕه‌گه‌زبازیشم.
02:05
It makes me really popular these days.
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ئه‌مه‌ش وایكردووه‌ زۆر به‌ناوبانگبم.
02:07
(Laughter)
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(پێکەنین)
02:09
But I am the daughter of a refugee.
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به‌ڵام من كچی ئاواره‌یه‌كم.
02:12
My grandmother fled Syria in 1964
during the first Assad regime.
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نه‌نكم ساڵی ١٩٦٤ له‌ سوریا ڕایكرد،
كاتی ڕژێمی ئه‌سه‌دی باوك.
02:16
She was three months pregnant
when she packed up a suitcase,
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مانگی سێییه‌می سكپڕیه‌كه‌ی بوو
كاتێك جانتای سه‌فه‌ری هه‌ڵگرت،
02:20
piled in her five children
and drove to neighboring Jordan,
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پێنج مناڵه‌كه‌ی سه‌رخست و
به‌ره‌و ئه‌رده‌ن كه‌وته‌ڕێ.
02:23
not knowing what the future held
for her and her family.
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نه‌یده‌زانی داهاتوو چی پێییه‌
بۆ خۆی و خێزانه‌كه‌ی.
02:26
My grandfather decided to stay,
not believing it was that bad.
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باپیرم بڕیاریدا بمێنێته‌وه‌،
پێی وانه‌بوو باردۆخ وا خراپ بێت.
02:30
He followed her a month later,
after his brothers were tortured
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مانگێك دواتر، دوای نه‌نكم كه‌وت
دوای ئه‌وه‌ی براكه‌ی لەسێدارە درا.
02:34
and his factory was taken over
by the government.
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كارگه‌كه‌شی حكومه‌ت ده‌ستی به‌سه‌ردا گرت.
02:37
They rebuilt their lives
starting from scratch
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له‌هیچه‌وه‌ ژیانی نوێییان بونیات نایه‌وه‌
02:39
and eventually became independently
wealthy Jordanian citizens.
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له‌كۆتایدا بوون به‌ هاوڵاتییه‌كی
ده‌وڵه‌مه‌ندی سه‌ربه‌خۆی ئەردەنی.
02:43
I was born in Jordan 11 years later.
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دوای یانزه‌ ساڵ له‌مه‌،
من له‌ ئه‌رده‌ن له‌دایكبووم.
02:47
It was really important to my grandmother
for us to know our history
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نه‌نكم زۆر به‌لایه‌وه‌ گرنگه‌
ئێمه‌ مێژووی خۆمان بزانین
02:50
and our journey.
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وه‌ گه‌شته‌كه‌شمان.
02:52
I was eight years old when she took me
to visit my first refugee camp.
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هه‌شت ساڵان بووم كاتێك منی برد
بۆ سه‌ردانی یه‌كه‌م كه‌مپی په‌نابه‌ران.
02:56
I didn't understand why.
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تێنه‌ده‌گه‌یشتم بۆچی.
02:58
I didn't know why
it was so important to her
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نه‌مده‌زانی بۆچی ئه‌وه‌نده‌ بۆی گرنگه‌
03:00
for us to go.
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كه‌ ده‌بێ بچینه‌ ئه‌و كه‌مپه‌
03:02
I remember walking into the camp
holding her hand,
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بیرم دێت ده‌ستیم گرتبوو و
به‌ناو كه‌مپه‌كه‌دا ده‌سوڕاینه‌وه‌،
03:05
and her saying, "Go play with the kids,"
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ووتی " بڕۆ له‌گه‌ڵ مناڵه‌كان یاری بکە"
03:07
while she visited
with the women in the camp.
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چووه‌ سه‌ردانی ژنێك كه‌
له‌ناو كه‌مپه‌كه‌دابوون
03:10
I didn't want to.
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من نه‌مده‌ویست.
03:11
These kids weren't like me.
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ئه‌و منالانه‌ وه‌ك من نه‌بوون.
03:13
They were poor. They lived in a camp.
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هه‌ژاربوون. له‌ كه‌مپدا ده‌ژیان.
03:15
I refused.
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ڕه‌تمكرده‌وه‌.
03:16
She knelt down beside me
and firmly said, "Go.
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داهاته‌وه‌ و به‌ڕه‌قییه‌كه‌وه‌
ووتی، "بڕۆ.
03:19
And don't come back until you've played.
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وه‌ نه‌گه‌ڕێیته‌وه‌ تا یاری نه‌كه‌ی.
03:21
Don't ever think people are beneath you
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وا بیرنه‌كه‌یته‌وه‌ ئه‌مان له‌تۆ نزمترن.
03:23
or that you have nothing
to learn from others."
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یان پێتوابێ هیچ نییه‌ لێییانه‌وه‌ فێربیت."
03:26
I reluctantly went.
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به‌ نابه‌دڵی رۆیشتم.
03:27
I never wanted to disappoint
my grandmother.
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هه‌رگیز نه‌مویستووه‌ بێ ئومێدیكه‌م.
03:31
I returned a few hours later,
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دوای چه‌ند كاتژمێرێك گه‌ڕامه‌وه‌
03:32
having spent some time playing soccer
with the kids in the camp.
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دوای به‌سه‌ربردنی هه‌ندێ كات
به‌ تۆپی پێ له‌گه‌ڵ مناڵه‌كان.
03:38
We walked out of the camp,
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له‌ كامپه‌كه‌ ده‌رچووین،
03:39
and I was excitedly telling her
what a great time I had
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به‌جۆشێكه‌وه‌ پێم ووت كه‌
چ كاتێكی خۆشم به‌سه‌ربردووه‌
03:42
and how fantastic the kids were.
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چه‌ند مه‌زنبوون ئه‌و منداڵانه‌.
03:45
"Haram!" I said in Arabic. "Poor them."
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به‌ عه‌ره‌بی ووتم "حرام". "چه‌ند داماون"
03:48
"Haram on us," she said,
using the word's different meaning,
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نه‌نكم ووتی"حرام بۆ ئێمە".
وشه‌كه‌ی به‌مانایه‌كی تر به‌كارهێنا،
03:51
that we were sinning.
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واتا ئێمه‌ گوناهمان كردووه‌.
03:54
"Don't feel sorry for them;
believe in them."
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"به‌زه‌یت پێیاندا نه‌یه‌ته‌وه‌،
باوه‌ڕت پێیان بێ"
03:58
It wasn't until I left my country
of origin for the United States
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تا وڵاته‌كه‌مم به‌جێ نه‌هێشت
به‌ره‌و ئه‌مریكا له‌و قسانه‌ تێنەگەشتم
04:01
that I realized the impact of her words.
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له‌وێ كاریگه‌ری قسه‌كانیم بۆ ده‌ركه‌وت.
04:05
After my college graduation, I applied for
and was granted political asylum,
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دوای ده‌رچوونم له‌ كۆلێژ، داوای
پەنابەرێتی سیاسیم کرد و وەرمگرت
04:08
based on being a member of a social group.
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له‌سه‌ر بنچینه‌ی ئه‌ندامێتی
گرووپێکی کۆمەڵایەتی.
04:11
Some people may not realize this,
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هه‌ندێ كه‌س ڕه‌نگه‌ تێنه‌گه‌ن،
04:13
but you can still get the death penalty
in some countries for being gay.
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به‌ڵام له‌ هه‌ندێ ووڵات سزای
هاوڕه‌گه‌زبازی ره‌نگه‌ مردن بێت.
دەبوو واز لە
ره‌گه‌زنامه‌ی ئه‌رده‌نی بێنم.
04:19
I had to give up my Jordanian citizenship.
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04:21
That was the hardest decision
I've ever had to make,
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ئه‌مه‌ قورسترین بڕیاربوو
كه‌ ده‌بوو بیده‌م،
04:23
but I had no other choice.
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به‌ڵام بژارده‌ی ترم نه‌بوو.
04:29
The point is,
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مه‌به‌سته‌كه‌ ئه‌مه‌یه‌،
04:31
when you find yourself choosing
between home and survival,
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كاتێك خۆت ده‌بینییه‌وه‌
له‌نێوان بژارده‌ی ماڵ و مانه‌وه‌،
04:34
the question "Where are you from?"
becomes very loaded.
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پرسیاری "خه‌ڵكی كوێییت؟" زۆر زیاد ده‌كات.
04:38
A Syrian woman who I recently met
at a refugee camp in Greece
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به‌م دواییانه‌ ژنێكی سوریم ناسی
له‌ كه‌مپێكی ئاواره‌كان له‌ یۆنان
04:42
articulated it best,
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جوان خستییه‌روو
04:43
when she recalled the exact moment
she realized she had to flee Aleppo.
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كاتێك ئه‌و ساتانه‌ی بیرده‌كه‌وته‌وه‌
كه‌ ناچاركراون حه‌له‌ب جێبهێڵن.
04:47
"I looked out the window
and there was nothing.
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"له‌په‌نجه‌ره‌كه‌وه‌ ده‌مڕوانی و
هیچی لێنه‌بوو.
04:49
It was all rubble.
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هه‌موو شتێ وێرانبوو.
04:51
There were no stores, no streets,
no schools. Everything was gone.
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هیچ نه‌مابوو، نه‌ دووكان، نه‌ شه‌قام،
نه‌ قوتابخانه‌. هه‌موو شتێ وێرانبوو.
04:56
I had been in my apartment for months,
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چه‌ند مانگێ له‌شوقه‌كه‌ی خۆمدا مامه‌وه‌،
04:58
listening to bombs drop
and watching people die.
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گوێم بۆ بۆمبه‌كان ده‌گرت و
سه‌یری مردنی خه‌ڵكم ده‌كرد.
05:01
But I always thought it would get better,
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به‌ڵام هه‌میشه‌ پێموابوو
بارودۆخ باش ده‌بێ،
05:05
that no one could force me to leave,
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پێموابوو ناتوانن ناچار به‌ڕۆیشتنم بكه‌ن،
05:07
no one could take my home away from me.
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كه‌س ناتوانێ ماڵه‌كه‌م لێ بستێنێت.
05:09
And I don't know why it was that morning,
but when I looked outside,
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نازانم بۆ ئه‌و به‌یانییه‌ كه‌
سه‌یری ده‌ره‌وه‌م كرد،
بۆم ده‌ركه‌وت ئه‌گه‌ر نه‌ڕۆم،
سێ منداڵه‌كه‌م ده‌مرن.
05:13
I realized if I didn't leave,
my three young children would die.
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05:16
And so we left.
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وه‌ له‌به‌رئه‌وه‌ ڕۆیشتین.
05:17
We left because we had to,
not because we wanted to.
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ئێمه‌ ڕامانكرد، له‌به‌رئه‌وه‌ی ناچاربووین
نه‌ك حه‌زمان لێیبێت.
05:20
There was no choice," she said.
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ژنه‌كه‌ ووتی: بژارده‌یه‌كیتر نه‌بوو.
05:23
It's kind of hard to believe
that you belong
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زۆر قورسه‌ برواكردن به‌وه‌ی
تۆ خه‌ڵكی شوێنێكیت،
05:26
when you don't have a home,
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كاتێك تۆ ماڵت نییه‌،
05:27
when your country of origin rejects you
because of fear or persecution,
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كاتێك وڵاته‌كه‌ی خۆت ره‌تت ده‌كاته‌وه‌
له‌به‌ر ترس و مەترسی کوشتن،
05:31
or the city that you grew up in
is completely destroyed.
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یاخود كاتێ ئه‌و شاره‌ی تێییدا گه‌وره‌بویت
به‌ته‌واوی ویڕان بوبێت.
05:36
I didn't feel like I had a home.
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هه‌ستم نه‌ده‌كرد كه‌وا من ماڵم هه‌یه‌.
05:38
I was no longer a Jordanian citizen,
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من چیتر هاوڵاتییه‌كی ئه‌رده‌نی نه‌بووم،
05:41
but I wasn't American, either.
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له‌ هه‌مانكاتدا ئه‌مریكیش نه‌بووم.
05:43
I felt a kind of loneliness
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هه‌ستم به‌ ته‌نیایی ده‌كرد
05:45
that is still hard
to put into words today.
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ئێستاش زۆر قورسه‌ به‌ وشه‌ باس ناكرێت.
05:48
After college, I desperately needed
to find a place to call home.
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دوای كۆلێژ، پێویستبوو شوێنێ
بدۆزمه‌وه‌ كه‌ پێی بڵێم ماڵ.
05:52
I bounced around from state to state
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ویلات به‌ ویلایه‌ت ده‌گه‌ڕام
05:54
and eventually ended up in North Carolina.
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له‌كۆتاییدا كارۆلینای باكورم هه‌ڵبژارد.
05:56
Kindhearted people who felt sorry for me
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ئه‌و خه‌ڵكه‌ به‌به‌زه‌ییه‌ی به‌داخبوون بۆم
05:59
offered to pay rent
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كرێییان بۆ ده‌دام
06:01
or buy me a meal or a suit
for my new interview.
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یان ژه‌مێ خواردنیان بۆ ده‌كڕیم،
جلیان ده‌دامێ بۆ چاوپێکەوتنی ئیش.
06:04
It just made me feel
more isolated and incapable.
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ئه‌مه‌ زیاتر وای لێكردم هه‌ست
به‌ نامۆیی و بێتوانایی بكه‌م.
06:08
It wasn't until I met Miss Sarah,
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به‌رده‌وامبوو تا خاتوو سارام ناسی،
06:10
a Southern Baptist who took me in
at my lowest and gave me a job,
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قه‌شه‌یه‌كی باشووری كه‌ له‌ خراپترین
كاتدا منی گرته‌ خۆو و ئیشی پێدام،
06:14
that I started to believe in myself.
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به‌مه‌ بڕوابه‌خۆبوونم بۆ درووستبوو.
06:16
Miss Sarah owned a diner
in the mountains of North Carolina.
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خاتوو سارا چێشتخانه‌یه‌كی گه‌ڕۆكی هه‌بوو
له‌ شاخه‌كانی كارۆلینا.
بەهۆی ئەوەی بەشێوەیەکی
خواپێدراوانە گەورەبووبووم
06:21
I assumed, because
of my privileged upbringing
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بەهۆی پەروەردەی حەوت خوشکەکەمەوە
06:24
and my Seven Sister education,
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06:25
that she would ask me
to manage the restaurant.
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وامدەزانی داوام لێدەکات
چێشتخانەکەی بۆ بەڕێوەبەرم.
06:27
I was wrong.
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هه‌ڵه‌بووم.
06:29
I started off washing dishes,
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ده‌ستمكرد به‌ قاپ شۆردن،
06:31
cleaning toilets and working the grill.
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خاوێنكردنه‌وه‌ی ته‌والێت و گۆشتبرژاندن.
06:34
I was humbled; I was shown
the value of hard work.
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بێفیزیكردم، به‌های ئیشی قورس فێربووم.
06:37
But most importantly,
I felt valued and embraced.
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گرنگترین شت، هه‌ستم به‌
به‌هاداری و ئارامی ده‌كرد.
06:40
I celebrated Christmas with her family,
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له‌گه‌ڵیاندا ئاهه‌نگی كرسیمسم ده‌كرد.
06:42
and she attempted to observe
Ramadan with me.
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هه‌وڵیده‌دا ڕه‌مه‌زانم له‌گه‌ڵدا بگرێت.
06:46
I remember being very nervous
about coming out to her --
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بیرمدێ ڕارابووم له‌وه‌ی
ڕه‌گه‌زبازی خۆمی بۆ ده‌رخه‌م --
06:48
after all, she was a Southern Baptist.
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هەرچۆنێک بێت ئەو قەشەیەکی باشووری بوو.
06:50
I sat on the couch next to her
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له‌لای دانیشتم
06:52
and I said, "Miss Sarah,
you know that I'm gay."
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وه‌ پێمووت: "خاتوو سارا ده‌زانی
من هاوڕه‌گه‌زبازم"
06:55
Her response is one
that I will never forget.
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وه‌ڵامه‌كه‌ی به‌جۆرێكبوو
هه‌رگیز بیرم ناچێتەوە.
06:57
"That's fine, honey.
Just don't be a slut."
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"ئاساییه‌، ئازیزیم
ته‌نیا مه‌به‌ به‌ له‌شفرۆش"
06:59
(Laughter)
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(پێکەنین)
07:03
(Applause)
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(چەپڵەلێدان)
07:05
I eventually moved to Atlanta,
still trying to find my home.
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دواتر گواستمه‌وه‌ بۆ ئه‌تله‌نتا،
هه‌ر به‌شوێن دۆزینه‌وه‌ ماڵێکەوە بووم.
دوای سێ ساڵ گه‌شته‌كه‌م
گۆڕانێكی سه‌یری به‌سه‌رداهات
07:12
My journey took a strange turn
three years later,
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07:14
after I met a group of refugee kids
playing soccer outside.
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كاتێك كۆمه‌ڵێ مناڵی پەنابەرم بینی
تۆپی پێان ده‌كرد له‌ده‌ره‌وه‌.
07:18
I'd made a wrong turn
into this apartment complex,
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بە هەڵە لامدابوو بۆ
ئەم شوێنی نیشتەجێبوونە، و
07:20
and I saw these kids
outside playing soccer.
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ئه‌و مناڵانه‌م بینی له‌ده‌ره‌وه‌
یاریان ده‌كرد.
07:23
They were playing barefoot
with a raggedy soccer ball
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بەپێی پەتی و تۆپێکی شڕ
یاریان دەکرد و
07:26
and rocks set up as goals.
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به‌ردیان كردبوو به‌ گۆڵ.
07:27
I watched them for about an hour,
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بۆ ماوه‌ی كاتژمێرێك لێییان ڕامام،
07:29
and after that I was smiling.
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دوای ئه‌وه‌ بزه‌یه‌كم كرد.
07:31
The boys reminded me of home.
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مناڵه‌كان نیشتیمانیان بیرخستمه‌وه‌.
07:33
They reminded me of the way
I grew up playing soccer
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به‌بیریان هێنامه‌وه‌ كه‌ منیش
تۆپی پێم ده‌كرد
07:35
in the streets of Jordan,
with my brothers and cousins.
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له‌كۆڵانه‌كانی ئه‌رده‌ن،
له‌گه‌ڵ براكانم و خزمەکانم.
07:39
I eventually joined their game.
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له‌كۆتایدا چووم یاریم له‌گه‌ڵدا كردن.
07:41
They were a little skeptical
about letting me join it,
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تۆزێ دوودڵ بوون له‌وه‌ی ڕێگه‌م
بده‌ن یارییان له‌گه‌ڵ بكه‌م،
07:44
because according to them,
girls don't know how to play.
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له‌به‌رئه‌وه‌ی پێییان وابوو،
كچان نازانن یاری بكه‌ن.
07:47
But obviously I did.
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به‌ڵام من ده‌مزانی.
07:48
I asked them if they had
ever played on a team.
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لێم پرسین كه‌ قه‌ت له‌گه‌ڵ تیمێكا بوون.
07:51
They said they hadn't,
but that they would love to.
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وتیان نه‌خێر، به‌ڵام
حه‌زده‌كه‌ن له‌گه‌ڵ تیمێكا بن.
07:53
I gradually won them over,
and we formed our first team.
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لە کۆتاییدا قایلم کردن و
یەکەم تیمی خۆمان درووستکرد.
07:57
This group of kids would give me
a crash course in refugees, poverty
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ئه‌و مناڵانه‌ كۆرسێكی پوختیان دامێ
له‌سه‌ر ئاواره‌كان، هه‌ژاری
08:03
and humanity.
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و مرۆڤایه‌تی.
08:06
Three brothers from Afghanistan --
Roohullah, Noorullah and Zabiullah --
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سێ برای ئه‌فغانی--
ڕوح الله‌، نورالله‌ و زه‌بیحوڵڵا.
08:09
played a major role in that.
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رۆڵی به‌رچاویان هه‌بوو له‌وه‌دا.
08:12
I showed up late to practice one day
to find the field completely deserted.
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ڕۆژێكیان كه‌مێ دواكه‌وتم بۆ مەشقکردنەکە،
بینیم یاریگاکە به‌ته‌واوی چۆڵه‌.
08:15
I was really worried.
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زۆر نیگه‌ران بووم.
08:17
My team loved to practice.
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تیمه‌كه‌م حه‌زیان له‌ ڕاهێنان بو.
08:18
It wasn't like them to miss practice.
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وه‌ك ئه‌وه‌ نه‌بوو كه‌
نه‌هاتبێتن بۆ ڕاهێنان.
08:21
I got out of my car, and two kids
ran out from behind a dumpster,
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له‌ سه‌یاره‌كه‌ دابه‌زیم، دوو مناڵ له‌پشت
زه‌باله‌كه‌وه‌ ڕایانكرد
08:24
waving their hands frantically.
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به‌تووندی ده‌ستیان ڕاده‌وه‌شاند.
مامۆستا، ڕووح لێیانی خوارد.
هێرشیان کردە سەری.
08:27
"Coach, Rooh got beat up. He got jumped.
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08:29
There was blood everywhere."
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هەموو ئەم ناوەیان کرد بە خوێن.
08:30
"What do you mean?
What do you mean he got beat up?"
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"باسی چی ده‌كه‌ن؟
مه‌به‌ستان چیه‌ لێیانی خوراد؟"
08:33
"These bad kids came
and beat him up, Coach.
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"ئه‌و مناڵه‌ خراپانه‌ هاتن و تێیان هه‌ڵدا.
08:35
Everybody left. They were all scared."
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هه‌مووان ڕۆشتن، زۆر ترساین."
08:37
We hopped into my car
and drove over to Rooh's apartment.
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چوینه‌ ناو سه‌یاره‌كه‌م و
به‌ره‌و ماڵی ڕوح ڕۆیشتین.
08:40
I knocked on the door, and Noor opened it.
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له‌ده‌رگامدا، نوور ده‌رگاكه‌ی كرده‌وه‌.
08:43
"Where's Rooh? I need
to talk to him, see if he's OK."
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"روح له‌كوێیه‌؟ ده‌بێ قسه‌ی
له‌گه‌ڵكه‌م بزانم سه‌لامه‌ته‌
08:46
"He's in his room, Coach.
He's refusing to come out."
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"له‌ژوره‌كه‌یه‌تی، مامۆستا
نایه‌وێت بێته‌ ده‌ره‌وه‌."
08:49
I knocked on the door.
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له‌ده‌رگاكه‌مدا.
08:50
"Rooh, come on out. I need to talk to you.
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روح، وه‌ره‌ ده‌ره‌وه‌،
ده‌مه‌وێ قسه‌ت له‌گه‌ڵكه‌م.
08:52
I need to see if you're OK
or if we need to go to the hospital."
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ده‌مه‌وێ بزاانم سه‌لامه‌تی یا
پێویست ده‌كا بچین بۆ نه‌خۆشخانه‌."
08:56
He came out.
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هاته‌ ده‌ره‌وه‌
08:57
He had a big gash on his head,
a split lip,
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برینێكی گه‌وره‌ بە سەرییەوە بوو،
لێوی هەڵتەقیبوو
09:00
and he was physically shaken.
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زۆریش دەلەرزی.
09:02
I was looking at him,
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سەیرم دەکرد، و
09:03
and I asked the boys
to call for their mom,
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داوام له‌ مناڵه‌كان كرد دایكی بانگ بكه‌ن،
09:06
because I needed to go
to the hospital with him.
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چونكه‌ ده‌مه‌وێ بیبه‌م بۆ نه‌خۆشخانه‌.
09:08
They called for their mom.
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دایكیان بانگ كرد.
09:10
She came out.
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هاته‌ ده‌ره‌وه‌.
09:12
I had my back turned to her,
and she started screaming in Farsi.
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پشتم له‌و بوو، به‌ فارسی هاواری كرد.
09:16
The boys fell to the ground laughing.
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كوڕه‌كان زۆر پێكه‌نین.
09:18
I was very confused,
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سه‌رم سوڕمابوو،
09:19
because there was nothing
funny about this.
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چونكه‌ هیچ شتێك نه‌بوو
شایانی پێكه‌نین بێت.
09:22
They explained to me that she said,
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بۆیان ڕوونكردمه‌وه‌ كه‌ ژنه‌كه‌ ده‌ڵێ،
09:24
"You told me your coach
was a Muslim and a woman."
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"كه‌ ئێوه‌ وتوتانه‌ مامۆستاكه‌تان
موسوڵمانه‌ و ژنه‌."
09:27
From behind, I didn't appear
to be either to her.
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له‌پشته‌وه‌، من به‌هیچیان
نه‌چووم به‌ڕای ئه‌و.
09:29
(Laughter)
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پێكه‌نین
09:33
"I am Muslim," I said, turning to her.
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رووم تێكرد و پێم ووت : "من موسوڵمانم
09:35
"Ašhadu ʾan lā ʾilāha ʾilla (A)llāh,"
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"اشهد ان لا اله‌ الی الله‌"
09:37
reciting the Muslim declaration of faith.
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نیشانه‌ی باوه‌ڕی موسوڵمانانه‌.
09:40
Confused,
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سه‌ری سوڕما،
09:43
and perhaps maybe a little bit reassured,
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وه‌ تۆزێ دڵنیاشبوو،
09:45
she realized that yes,
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بۆی ده‌ركه‌وت كه‌ به‌ڵێ،
09:46
I, this American-acting,
shorts-wearing, non-veiled woman,
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من، ئه‌و ژنه‌ ستایل ئەمریكییه‌،
جل كورته‌، بێ لەچکە،
09:49
was indeed a Muslim.
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به‌ڕاستی موسوڵمانە.
09:52
Their family had fled the Taliban.
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خانه‌واده‌كه‌یان له‌دەست
تاڵیبان رایان كردبوو.
09:55
Hundreds of people in their village
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سه‌دان خه‌ڵكی گونده‌كه‌یان
09:57
were murdered.
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كوژرابوون.
09:58
Their father was taken in by the Taliban,
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باوكیان له‌لایه‌ن تاڵیبانه‌وه‌
ده‌سبه‌سه‌ربوو.
10:00
only to return a few months later,
a shell of the man he once was.
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دوای چەند مانگێک گەڕایەوە و
تەنیا قاوغێکی پیاوەکەی پێشتر بوو.
10:06
The family escaped to Pakistan,
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خێزانه‌كه‌یان به‌ره‌و پاكستان هه‌ڵاتوون،
10:09
and the two older boys,
age eight and 10 at the time,
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دوو كوڕه‌ گه‌وره‌كه‌یان،
ته‌مه‌نیان ٨ و ١٠ ساڵان بووه‌ ئه‌و كاته‌،
10:12
wove rugs for 10 hours a day
to provide for their family.
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له‌ڕۆژێكدا ١٠ کاتژمێر خه‌ریكی حه‌سیر
چنین بوون تا خه‌رجی خێزانه‌كه‌ دابین بکا.
10:16
They were so excited when they found out
that they had been approved
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زۆر خۆشحاڵبوون كاتێك زانیان كه‌ قبوڵكراون
10:20
to resettle in the United States,
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تا له‌ ئه‌مریكا نیشته‌جێبن.
10:23
making them the lucky 0.1 percent
who get to do that.
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یه‌كێ بوون له‌و یه‌ك له‌هه‌زاره‌ی
به‌ختیان هه‌بووه‌ بگه‌ن به‌مه‌.
10:26
They had hit the jackpot.
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یانسیبیان بۆ ده‌رچووبوو.
10:28
Their story is not unique.
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چیرۆكه‌كه‌یان ناوازه‌ نه‌بوو.
10:31
Every refugee family I have worked with
has had some version of this.
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هه‌موو ماڵه‌ ئاواره‌كان به‌نزیكه‌یی
هه‌مان چیرۆكیان هه‌یه‌.
10:35
I work with kids
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لەگەڵ ئەو منداڵانە کارم دەکرد
10:37
who have seen their mothers raped,
their fathers' fingers sliced off.
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ئه‌وانه‌ی دایكی خۆیان بینیوه‌ ده‌سدرێژی
كراوه‌ته‌سه‌ر، باوكیان ده‌ستی قرتێنراوه‌.
10:41
One kid saw a bullet
put in his grandmother's head,
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مناڵێكیان بینیویه‌تی كه‌ گوله‌
نراوە بەسه‌ری نه‌نكییەوە.
10:44
because she refused to let the rebels
take him to be a child soldier.
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له‌به‌رئه‌وه‌ی ڕه‌تیكردۆته‌وه‌ یاخییه‌كان
منداڵه‌كه‌ ببه‌ن و بیكه‌ن به‌ سه‌رباز.
10:49
Their journeys are haunting.
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چیرۆكه‌كانیان بیرناچنه‌وه‌.
10:51
But what I get to see every day
is hope, resilience, determination,
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ئه‌وه‌ی من ده‌یبینم هه‌موو ڕۆژێ
بریتییه‌ له‌ هیوا، بەرگەگرتن، سوربوون
10:57
a love of life
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خۆشه‌ویستی بۆ ژیان
10:58
and appreciation for being able
to rebuild their lives.
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وه‌ سوپاسگوزاری بۆ ئەوەی
توانیان ژیانیان بوونیات بنێنەوە.
11:03
I was at the boys' apartment one night,
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یه‌ك شه‌و له‌ژووری كوڕه‌كان مامه‌وه‌،
11:05
when the mom came home
after cleaning 18 hotel rooms in one day.
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كاتێك دایكیان هاته‌وه‌ ماله‌وه‌ دوای
خاوێنكردنه‌وه‌ی ١٨ ژووری هۆتێل له‌ڕۆژێكدا.
11:10
She sat down, and Noor rubbed her feet,
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دانیشت، نور قاچی ده‌شێلا،
11:13
saying that he was going to take care
of her once he graduated.
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ده‌یگووت كه‌وا ئه‌و ئاگای لێی ده‌بێت
كاتێك زانكۆی ته‌واوكرد.
11:16
She smiled from exhaustion.
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له‌خۆشیا بزه‌ی ده‌كرد.
11:18
"God is good. Life is good.
We are lucky to be here."
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"خوا گه‌وره‌یه‌، ژیان زۆر خۆشه‌،
ئێمه‌ خۆشبه‌ختین كه‌وا لێرەین."
11:23
In the last two years, we have seen
an escalating anti-refugee sentiment.
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له‌م دوو ساڵه‌ی كۆتاییدا،
دەنگی دژه‌ ئاواره‌ له‌ به‌رزبونه‌وه‌دایه‌.
11:28
It's global.
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شتێكی جیهانییه‌.
11:30
The numbers continue to grow
because we do nothing to prevent it
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ژماره‌یان له‌ هه‌ڵكشاندایه‌
چونكه‌ هیچ ناكه‌ین بۆ ڕێگه‌گرتن لێیی
11:33
and nothing to stop it.
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هیچیش نییه‌ بۆ وه‌ستاندنی.
11:35
The issue shouldn't be stopping refugees
from coming into our countries.
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مه‌سه‌له‌كه‌ نابێت بریتیبێت له‌
وه‌ستاندنی هاتنی ئاواره‌كان.
11:39
The issue should be
not forcing them to leave their own.
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ده‌بێت بریتیبێت له‌وه‌ی ناچار
نه‌كرێن ووڵاتی خۆیان جێبهێلن.
11:42
(Applause)
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11:58
Sorry.
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ببورن.
11:59
(Applause)
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12:09
How much more suffering,
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دەبێت چەندێکی تر قووربانی بدەین،
12:12
how much more suffering must we take?
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دەبێت چەندێکی تر قووربانی بدەین؟
12:15
How many more people need to be
forced out of their homes
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چه‌ند خه‌ڵكیتر ده‌بێ ناچار
بكرێن ماڵی خۆیان جێبێڵن
12:18
before we say, "Enough!"?
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پێش ئه‌وه‌ی بڵێیین، "به‌سه‌"؟
12:19
A hundred million?
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سه‌د ملیۆن؟
12:21
Not only do we shame,
blame and reject them
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شه‌رم نییه‌، تۆمه‌تباریان بكه‌ین
و ڕه‌تیان بكه‌ینه‌وه‌
12:25
for atrocities that they had
absolutely nothing to do with,
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بۆ ئه‌و سته‌مه‌ی كه‌ ئەوان
هیچ پەیوەندییەکیان پێوەی نییە،
12:29
we re-traumatize them,
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دیسان برینداریان دەکەین،
12:30
when we're supposed to be welcoming
them into our countries.
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لەکاتێکدا دەبێت په‌شوازییان
لێبكه‌ین له‌ وڵاتەکانی خۆمان.
12:35
We strip them of their dignity
and treat them like criminals.
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شكۆیان داده‌ماڵین و وه‌ك تاوانبار
مامه‌ڵه‌یان له‌گه‌ڵ ده‌كه‌ین.
12:38
I had a student in my office
a couple of weeks ago.
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خوێندكارێكم هه‌بوو،
دوو هه‌فته‌ له‌مه‌وبه‌ر
12:41
She's originally from Iraq.
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له‌بنه‌ڕه‌تدا خه‌ڵكی عێراق بوو.
12:43
She broke down crying.
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ده‌ستیكرد به‌ گریان.
12:45
"Why do they hate us?"
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"بۆچی ڕقیان لێمانه‌؟"
12:47
"Who hates you?"
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"كێ ڕقی لێته‌؟"
12:48
"Everyone; everyone hates us
because we are refugees,
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"هه‌مووان، هه‌مووان
ڕقیان لێمانه‌ چونكه‌ ئاواره‌ین،
12:51
because we are Muslim."
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چونكه‌ موسوڵمانین."
12:54
In the past, I was able
to reassure my students
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جاران، ده‌متوانی دڵنه‌وایی
خوێندكاره‌كانم بكه‌م
12:56
that the majority of the world
does not hate refugees.
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كه‌وا زۆربه‌ی جیهان رقی
له‌ ئاواره‌كان نییه‌.
12:59
But this time I couldn't.
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به‌ڵام ئێستا ناتوانم.
13:00
I couldn't explain to her why someone
tried to rip off her mother's hijab
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ناتوانم ڕوونی بكه‌مه‌وه‌ بۆ كه‌سێك هه‌وڵی
دڕاندنی لەچکی دایكی ده‌دات
13:04
when they were grocery shopping,
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كاتێك ده‌چنه‌ دووكانی میوه‌فرۆشێك،
13:06
or why a player on an opposing
team called her a terrorist
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یاخود بۆچی یاریزانی تیپی
به‌رامبه‌ر پێیی ده‌ڵێت تیرۆرست
13:09
and told her to go back
where she came from.
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وه‌ پێیی ده‌ڵێت بگه‌ڕێوه‌ بۆ
ئه‌و شوێنه‌ی لێی هاتووی.
13:11
I couldn't reassure her
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ناتوانم دڵنه‌وایی بكه‌م
13:13
that her father's ultimate life sacrifice
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كه‌وا دوایین قوربانیدانی ژیانی باوكی
13:16
by serving in the United States
military as an interpreter
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لە خزمەتکردنی سوپای ئەمریکادا
وەک وەرگێڕێک
13:19
would make her more valued
as an American citizen.
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وای لێده‌كات بەهای زیاتربێت
وه‌ك هاوڵاتییه‌كی ئه‌مریكی.
13:23
We take in so few refugees worldwide.
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ژمارەیەکی ئێجگار کەم
ئاوارە وەردەگرێن لە جیهاندا.
13:26
We resettle less than 0.1 percent.
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جێگەی کەمتر لە هەزارا یەکیان دەکەینەوە.
13:30
That 0.1 percent benefits us
more than them.
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ئه‌و له‌هه‌زارا یه‌كه‌ سوودی
زیاتر بەخۆمان دەگەیەنێ وەک لەوان.
13:34
It dumbfounds me how the word "refugee"
is considered something to be dirty,
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ئه‌وه‌ بێتاقه‌تم ده‌كا كه‌ وشه‌ی ئاواره‌
وه‌ك شتێكی پیس سه‌یر ده‌كرێ.
13:38
something to be ashamed of.
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وەک شتێک کە شەرمی لێبکرێت.
13:40
They have nothing to be ashamed of.
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ئه‌وان هیچیان نه‌كردوه‌ تا شه‌رمی لێبكه‌ن.
13:45
We have seen advances
in every aspect of our lives --
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پێشكه‌وتنی زۆر ده‌بینین له‌ بواره‌
جیاوازه‌كانی ژیان
13:48
except our humanity.
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جگه‌ له‌ مرۆڤایه‌تی نه‌بێ.
13:50
There are 65.3 million people
who have been forced out of their homes
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٦٥.٣ ملیۆن هاوڵاتی هه‌یه‌ كه‌ ناچاركراون
ماڵ وحاڵیان جێبهێڵن
13:54
because of war --
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له‌به‌ر شه‌ڕوكوشتار--
13:56
the largest number in history.
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گه‌وره‌ترین ژماره‌ له‌ مێژوودا.
13:59
We are the ones who should be ashamed.
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ئێمەین کە پێویستە شەرمەزار بین.
14:01
Thank you.
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سوپاس.
14:02
(Applause)
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Luma Mufleh - Refugee activist
Luma Mufleh does something revolutionary: she coaches soccer. A Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent, Mufleh is determined to empower refugee children everywhere.

Why you should listen

Luma Mufleh is the CEO and Founding Director of Fugees Family, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses the power of soccer, education and community to empower refugee children to successfully integrate into the United States. Now, she's part principal, part tutor, the head of the first accredited private school dedicated to refugee education in the country, which encompases a summer camp and a college prep program -- and she’s building a community and support network that could be the national model the United States needs.

The Fugees' story began in 2004, when Luma took a wrong turn while driving through the town of Clarkston, Georgia and noticed a group of boys playing soccer in the street. She learned that these children were refugees from war-town countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Burma, Somalia and Sudan. That summer, Luma made fliers announcing tryouts for the Fugees soccer team. In the years that followed, the soccer team grew into something much larger -- a school, a tutoring program, a summer camp, a college prep program, and, most importantly, a community and support network.

A lifelong social entrepreneur, Luma has created several programs and initiatives that have gainfully employed, educated and empowered refugees and immigrants in her community and beyond, with the Fugees Academy serving as a national model for refugee education. While only 20 percent of refugee students graduate from high school in Georgia's DeKalb County, the Fugees Academy has a 90 percent graduation rate. These types of results helped earn Luma the 2016 Cournelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Manhattan Institute.

A Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent, Luma received her U.S. citizenship in 2011. Her story -- and the story of the Fugees -- illustrates both the American dream and the very real challenges of integration and discrimination that so many face today. Luma received her B.A. in Anthropology from Smith College and recently completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

 

 

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