Najifa Hossain: Freedom, As West Encounters East

“Today, I know that the two separate sides of me were never separate at all; they are the same. They are American. They are Muslim. They are me.”

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MALA Convenes Experts to Discuss FGM in America

On March 22, MALA convened a panel of experts in New York to discuss female genital mutilation (FGM) in the US. This discussion was part of the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and featured a testimonial from Kadi Dambouia, a survivor of FGM. Her testimony preceded an expert discussion on how we can build networks of support and intervention, both at federal and community levels.

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Panelists at the MALA panel on FGM.

Maiem Alam: The Depth of Immigration

“Others tend to see your results and envy your outcomes, but they fail to take notice of the amount of hard work and sacrifices you have made to get where you stand today.”

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Maiem Alam

Sonia Sultan: America – The Land of Opportunities and Freedom

“This country never failed to surprise me by showing the generous amount of human, constitutional, and civil rights citizens of America have and how much power and independence an individual could have in this country.”

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Shahbab Ahmed: The Land of Opportunities

“The civil and organized environment in America is a stark contrast to the pandemonium that I had gotten used to in Bangladesh. I feel that there is order in this new land whereas there was always chaos in my previous home. America is not just the land of opportunities, it is the land of possibilities.”

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Halima Hagi-Mohamed: Finding “Amilah”

“As a Black, Muslim and female I’m faced with so much. Last year I published my first book of short stories titled, Amilah. It’s an anthology of fictional short stories dealing with the lives of Somali-Americans.”

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Halima Halima Hagi-Mohamed

Mohamed Sanwidi: An Appreciation For Life

“Reflecting on my life in Burkina Faso, I realized my current life is amazing even without Jordan’s, or an Xbox, or the latest iPhone. Living in an underdeveloped country made me appreciate the American life and the opportunities it has to offer.”

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Bintou Tunkara: Double Worlds for One Journey to Success

“The next chapter in my life, which is attending a college or university will strengthen my brand, and I will get to further define what it means to be me: Muslim, Gambian-American, and Female.”

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The Book Launch in NYC of ‘Fox Hunt’ by Mohammed Al Samawi: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America

Join us for a special book launch in New York of “The Fox Hunt” by author Mohammed Al Samawi in conversation, and the first-ever reunion of the team that orchestrated his evacuation. Followed by a reception of Yemeni cuisine and book signing .

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Join MALA at the 62nd U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

MALA will host a major panel discussion at the 62nd U.N. Commission on the Status of Women on the increasing threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) to women and girls in America on March 22nd, 2018.

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