This episode features an introduction to our story subjects, the Alawsaj sisters.
In this first podcast of three, we meet Manal, Noor and Suroor Alawsaj. The sisters, who are of Palestinian descent, were stateless, third-generation refugees living in Iraq.
The ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflicts in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank forced the Alawsaj family to seek refuge in 2007. In 2010, the sisters’ lives change when they left the Al-Waleed refugee camp to come to America.
Since then, the Alawsaj family has embarked on a journey that has landed them here in Utica.