Author: Nzar Sharif

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Hburg’s Kurds raise awareness about — and condemn — Turkish attacks

Three weeks after President Trump announced a withdraw of U.S. troops from Syria, members of the Kurdish community in Harrisonburg gathered to protest the Turkish military aggression in that part of Kurdistan — the region stretching across eastern Turkey through northern Iraq that constitutes the Kurds’ traditional homeland.

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Untapped Talent: Soccer star tries to balance love and life between two countries

When he showed up for the interview over evening tea, “Carlos” confidently walked into the room, his t-shirt and brown pants splattered with paint. He had just left his job.

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Untapped Talents: A long to-do list won’t deter Congolese doctor from practicing medicine again

Papy Sabiti won the Green Card lottery and left the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he worked as a doctor. But after arriving in the United States, he discovered he would face a number of hurdles in order to once again practice medicine in his new home.

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Untapped Talents: Venezuelan couple trade medical and legal careers for food service and unloading boxes

After coming to the United States to escape a choked economy and volatile political environment in Venezuela, Eduardo and Rosa had the right to apply for work authorization from the U.S. government. Eduardo was a lawyer, and Rosa was a pediatrician in Venezuela. They obtained legal rights to work in the United States two years ago.

Untapped Talent: Former telecom engineer keeps his American dream alive one box at a time

In the third installment of The Citizen’s “Untapped Talent” series, Adil Abdulrahman tells his story of leaving behind his life as a telecommunications engineer in Iraq

Untapped Talent: From winning the Green Card lottery to feeling lost

In the second installment of The Citizen’s “Untapped Talent” series, Ako Talabani tells his story of winning the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program lottery only to find his advanced degrees from Iraq don’t translate into professional careers in the U.S.

Untapped talents: For many immigrants, careers and skills get lost in translation

Imagine what it takes to go to college — and then maybe graduate school — to become an engineer, lawyer or doctor. Such careers bring prestige and provide reliable income pretty much everywhere across the globe.

Dozens planned to come from across the globe to EMU for peace building training. But many got blocked.

For almost 25 years, the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at EMU has hosted scholars, delegates and community leaders from around the world to Harrisonburg to explore the nature of conflicts and ways to handle them. But this summer, many aspiring peacebuilders got turned away because the U.S. government wouldn’t approve travel visas so they could enter the country to attend the sessions, which ran from May 13-June 14.

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