Abdalhamid Musa Abdalla Ali was born in a small village in the town of Zalengei in central Darfur, Sudan. His village was destroyed in 1988 when tribal war broke out. After a reconciliation agreement, his family was able to return to the village. He continued his education – the first in his family to attend school – and graduated from the University of Khartoum with an accounting degree in 2006. Abdalhamid moved to Kenya in search of safety from the war in Darfur and joined the Sudan Radio Service as a journalist. Being a firsthand witness to the war and genocide in Darfur, Abadlhamid became a passionate human rights defender. He resettled to the U.S. in 2013 and is thankful for his welcoming community in Baltimore. He is currently working with BMS as a part-time interpreter and still awaits the interviews for his pending asylum seeker application.
Falastin Hassan currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. She is a former refugee from Somalia and was resettled in the U.S. by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in 2005. Falastin has lived in several refugee camps in Kenya and is very thankful to have been resettled in the U.S. Currently working for Lutheran Social Service as the Senior Refugee Specialist, she works as the reception and placement caseworker.
Hari Koirala is a former refugee from Bhutan who came to USA back in 2008. He was brought to a refugee camp in Nepal when he was five years old and was there for 17 years before coming to Utah. He now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a proud citizen of United States of America. He has completed a Bachelor in Science from Tribhuwan University, one of the esteemed public universities of Nepal. He is now a certified public manager, accredited by state of Utah. After being refugee he has been advocating for the issues faced by refugee children, youths and elders since 1998 as a children forum coordinator. When he first came Utah, he served on the Board of Directors for his community organization to continue his efforts to help refugees and immigrants relentlessly. He has been able to advocate and lobby for refugees and immigrant matters in city, state and federal levels. Currently, he works with the state of Utah, Department of Workforce Services as an employment counselor assisting refugee clients in becoming self-sufficient. His passion is advocacy.