Music: Shen Xar Venaxi
Giorgi is a physician who practiced public health in Georgia before coming to Maine with his wife and daughter. He loves history, beekeeping and hiking in the mountains. Currently, he is working to master English, his fourth language, so that he might return to work in public health.
Music: Shen Xar Venaxi
Malual is from South Sudan and trained to be an internal medicine physician in Sudan, UK and Jordan before returning home to practice tropical medicine for "the least, the last and the lost."
In 2009 Malual joined his beloved wife here in Maine, became a naturalized citizen in 2013, and voted for the first time in his life in 2014.
He is now serving on the board of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP), a state-wide non-profit that helps 3,000 immigrants a year with comprehensive legal aid. ILAP's annual gala event called CeleSoiree is Friday, March 27th.
Music: Deng Mabur "Praise Your Might"
Ali and his wife and three children arrived in Portland, ME nearly a year ago. On this show Ali shares his observations about his family's first year in America around the topics of safety, schools, and culture.
Prior to leaving Iraq Ali was a news producer and reporter for ABC's Baghdad Bureau and most recently the Public Information Officer for the United Nations. Here he translates Arabic and has been a guest in many different settings both as an expert in Iraq and as an immigrant. Ali continues to work toward resuming his career in journalism as he and his family apply for green cards.
Music: Pharrell Williams: "Happy".
Franck is a young man who grew up in the capitol city of Bujumbura, Burundi in a family of five children. His parents treated the boys and girls with equality, which was somewhat unusual, but shaped his worldview. He moved to Portland, ME one year ago, by himself, to a very different world from the one he had known. He got his driver's license, learned to speak English and overcame his shyness. Franck plans to attend university and hopes to one day use information/computer science skills to produce movies.
Music: "Kimbiya" by Kidumu
Sunday, November 3rd Palaver Strings will join me in the studio at noon to discuss their upcoming Welcome Home tour. They are fantastic! I hope you can join us, too.