|New Mainers Speak||
Zoe came of age in a war zone. She talks about her life in Beirut, Lebanon during 20 years of war. Zoe and her husband left Lebanon when she was 27 and after three years in Canada they moved to Maine (in 1996) and raised three children in Falmouth.
Zoe is currently studying for her master's degree in Social Work at USM and she also is on the board of ILAP (Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project), MANA (Maine Association for New Americans) and is the new board President of MIRC (Maine Immigrant's Rights Coalition). Zoe is a parent leader in the Portland Empower Program but she speaks today mostly about her role as the founder of NEAAO-(New England Arab American Organization). NEAAO operates out of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center at 24 Preble St. in Portland and also offers numerous programs in Westbrook and other sites.
Music: Fairuz sings "Le Beirut."
12/17/17 Abdi Iftin (Somalia) will join me at noon on WMPG. Tune in at www.wmpg.org!