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Nada Odeh recalls how, in late 2011, #Syrian regime soldiers boarded her 10-year-old daughter’s school bus. They were looking for rebels, she said, and pointing their guns at the kids. “Every time (Ali and Mariam) were going to school, I was so scared they might not get back,” Odeh said, referring to her two children. At the time of the incident, the family was living in #Damascus , the #MiddleEastern nation’s capital.
Following the encounter on the bus, with the safety conditions deteriorating in the city, Odeh left #Syria in early 2012. The country was beginning to slip into one of the most catastrophic civil #wars in history.
With their lives in jeopardy, Odeh and her family immigrated to the #UnitedStates , where in recent years their lives have changed for the better. But following the inauguration of #DonaldTrump as the 45th president of the country, Odeh said they again face uncertainty similar to what they felt in Syria more than five years ago.
Odeh and her children came to the #US.in 2013 after spending a year and a half in #Dubai . She received a scholarship from the Jusoor Scholarship Program — a program aimed at providing educational opportunities to #Syrianyouth — and began attending #SyracuseUniversity as a graduate student. She is now in the museum studies program in the #College of Visual and Performing #Arts .
Things have been working out for Odeh in the U.S: She found a new home, an internship and a job. But with Trump’s inauguration, members of Syracuse’s Muslim community, like Odeh, are worried about what his presidency will mean for #American #Muslims , #Muslim immigrants and refugees.
During his campaign, Trump made several controversial statements regarding Muslims, including the proposed creation of a national registry of Muslims in the U.S. and a ban on Muslims from entering the country.
For Odeh, the election outcome was terrifying because of the confusion and shock, she said. She had originally thought Trump’s campaign was a #joke . “I felt like (I was) homeless again,” Odeh said.
She wasn’t the only one in the Syracuse area to have such a strong reaction. Maliha Mohiuddin, a Muslim and small #business CONTINUE READING ⬇⬇⬇