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Building Peaceful Bridges is a nonprofit organization supporting people of all faiths whose mission is to foster multicultural relationships by assisting in the integration of refugees into American society and educating communities on the challenges facing refugee populations through their stories.
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Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is excited to welcome Roya Hakakian at our next Reading Refuge Book Club, Wednesday, August 25th at 7:00 pm to discuss her latest book, A Beginners Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious.
Roya, a former refugee from Iran, is also the author of Assassins of the Turquoise Palace and Journey from the Land of No, and has published two collections of poetry in Persian. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She has collaborated on programming for leading journalism units in network television, including 60 Minutes. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and served on the editorial board of World Affairs. Since 2015, she has taught at THREAD, a writing workshop at Yale, and is a fellow at the Davenport College at Yale. .
This event is co-sponsored with Congregation Hakafa, who also mentor and sponsor refugee families.
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Ahlam Al-Jebory Mahmood fled her home in Iraq after being kidnapped for her work running a humanitarian center near Baghdad during the war in Iraq. In 2008, she was a refugee in Syria working as a “fixer”–providing Western media with trustworthy information and contacts to help get the news out. She not only supported her husband and two children through her work with foreign journalists but set up a makeshift school for displaced girls. She was working as an unofficial leader of the refugee community in Damascus until she was arrested and imprisoned for her work. The story of her incredible journey from Baghdad to Damascus to Chicago is told in the multi-award-winning book A Disappearance in Damascus by Deborah Campbell, now optioned for screen by Terry George, director of Hotel Rwanda. LEARN MORE.
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Building Peaceful Bridges is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 83-2282738.
Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Up to 91% of funding goes directly to help refugee families.
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