Witness in Residence Public Event

Date Published: 
April 10, 2017
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Every day it seems our headlines are filled with more news about Syria and its devastating civil war as well as about U.S. immigration issues. Please join us on Tuesday, Apr. 18, for a timely conversation with two Syrian refugees who will talk about their lives in Syria and their long journeys toward building a life in the U.S.

The conversation, presented by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Witness in Residence Initiative, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th St, Charlotte 28202).

The event is open to the public without charge, but reservations are requested. Register here. Complimentary parking at 422 E. 9th will be available with a permit, and information on obtaining the permit will be emailed to those who register.

After being imprisoned in his native country for teaching the Kurdish language and history to Kurdish children, Zubair Rushk sought asylum in Lebanon. He was selected in 2010 for the U.S. refugee resettlement program and has since made his home in Cary, NC. Amira Elamri, her husband and their two children escaped the Syrian civil war in 2013. After nine moves within Syria and one to Lebanon to escape violence, they arrived in the U.S. with tourist visas. The couple now have work visas and live in the Boston area, awaiting approval of their Asylum applications. Ms. Elamri teaches in a Muslim preschool.

For more information, visit clas.uncc.edu/witness.

Please feel free to share this invitation with any friends and colleagues who might be interested. We hope to see you there.