The city of Boise is a welcoming community made up of a beautifully diverse population. For years, it has served as a safe harbor for refugees, not only as a destination on their long journey to find asylum, but also as a place to call home. The process of resettling in a new country is difficult and involves culture shock, learning a new language, and redefining your entire life.
The stories of the members of our community that have come here as refugees are important and deserve to be voiced. Whether they can tell their story in English, or with the help of a translator, we are here to listen to their stories in their purest forms.
My Name is Bahar
My name is Bahar. I am from Afghanistan. I like photography, traveling, and cooking. My goals is to use my cooking skills to open an Afghan/Turkish cafe by the end of 2018.
And this is my story.
Shafi and Ramisa
Shafi and Ramisa are from Parwan, Afghanistan. They obtained a Visa to come to the United States in 2015 and were relocated to Boise. They have two daughters, Afsana, who is five years old, and Neda who is two.
They would like the Boise community know the following:
“The only thing that will help our community grow is learning from each other.”
I left my home due to security situation in the country
after they breaked into our home and
killed my dad along with my aunt at night.
As everyone one fled into his own direction,
I had no choice than to flee to Uganda by
walking at night, hiding by day.
I arrived in Boise in September 1, 2016. The very first time I stepped on American soil in Houston where the plane dropped me, I was like "Oooh my God, am I the one or someone else"
I remembered how I escaped death and 10 years in the refugee camp.Then from the camp to America I was full of joy seeing how I no longer live in fear of being harmed.