What America means to me http://michiganradio.org en Searching for a cure to cancer a part of the American Dream for Yemeni-American http://michiganradio.org/post/searching-cure-cancer-part-american-dream-yemeni-american <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">In honor of July 4th, we asked immigrants across Michigan what America means to them. Abdo Najy shared his story.</span></p><p></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">Abdo</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>Najy&nbsp;has just recently completed his PhD and hopes to run his own lab soon. He's friendly, smiles a lot, and is animated when he talks about his research on breast and prostate cancer.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">Najy</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>is modest and measured, but he knows he has a role in the search for a cure to cancer.&nbsp;He views his work as a scientist as his way to repay this country for educational opportunities he would not have had in his native Yemen.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">Born in Yemen in the 1980’s in the midst of a polio outbreak, Najy contracted the disease when he was just six months old.</span></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:15:00 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 13351 at http://michiganradio.org Searching for a cure to cancer a part of the American Dream for Yemeni-American A Togolese refugee flees home country, 'I left to save my life' http://michiganradio.org/post/togolese-refugee-flees-home-country-i-left-save-my-life <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In 2004, Koffi Itito fled his home country of Togo, leaving behind his family and life as he knew it.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“I left to save my life,” Itito said.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">While the West African nation is a republic on paper, the country has been under dictatorial rule since 1963.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“If you don’t follow the party, they treat you like an enemy,” Itito said.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Today, Itito works at the <a href="http://www.freedomhousedetroit.org/">Freedom House in Detroit,</a> a resource center for refugees. Itito helps those fleeing persecution get back on their feet -- much like those who helped him out nine years ago.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:10:11 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13362 at http://michiganradio.org A Togolese refugee flees home country, 'I left to save my life' Iranian-American works with war refugees, knows it could have been her http://michiganradio.org/post/iranian-american-works-war-refugees-knows-it-could-have-been-her <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In honor of July 4th, we asked immigrants across Michigan what America means to them. Linda Steinke shared her story with us.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Her family came to the U.S. from Iran in the </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when her father had the opportunity to work in the auto industry.</span></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:52:13 +0000 Kyle Norris 13339 at http://michiganradio.org Iranian-American works with war refugees, knows it could have been her Undocumented teen stays in US for son, but 'home' remains in Mexico http://michiganradio.org/post/undocumented-teen-stays-us-son-home-remains-mexico <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">In honor of July 4th, we asked immigrants across Michigan what America means to them. A young woman from Mexico shared her story with us.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">For some, the journey of getting to America can be just as challenging as starting a new life in the country.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“We walked here, basically,” a young woman from Mexico told us. “My mom brought me and my brother here when I was eight.”</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“We crossed the border... and we just walked for hours and hours.”</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Today, the 17-year-old lives at the Salvation Army’s Teen Parent Center in Grand Rapids.The Salvation Army asked us not to use her name, or the name of her one-year-old son.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 13324 at http://michiganradio.org Undocumented teen stays in US for son, but 'home' remains in Mexico