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Trailblazers And Ceiling-Breakers Hailed At HSC Graduation

by Allan Appel | Jun 20, 2018 8:07 am

Allan Appel PhotoFour years ago Paola Morales came to New Haven from Colombia. The only English she knew was “yes” and “no” and friends communicated with her –  or tried to –  through Google Translator.

She persevered with language and more, and finished High School in the Community (HSC) a year early. She has already completed a semester of courses at the University of New Haven.

She was back Tuesday evening, wearing a white gown, and a broad smile of pride as the valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class of HSC

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Refugees Unite One Dish At A Time

by Allison Park | Jun 19, 2018 4:50 pm | Comments (4)

Allison Park PhotoZainab Al-Qaderi had a satisfied smile on her face as she presented her guests with her sweet Iraqi specialty called kanafa. The guests dug in, with their forks gently cracking the crispy outer layer of shredded phyllo dough, to reveal creamy layers of baked goodness: a filling of sweet cheese and clotted cream, with a dainty pistachio garnish. She motioned her guests towards a small jar full of syrup and urged them to drizzle the sugar-water concoction over the dish to enhance the flavor.

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Long Wharf And IRIS Make A Unicorn

by Brian Slattery | Jun 5, 2018 2:51 pm

Elizabeth Nearing PhotoAzhar Ahmed fled the war in Sudan in 2004. For a decade she lived with her husband in Cairo, working as a teacher and applying for refugee status in the United States. In June 2015 she and her husband finally arrived in New Haven. Her son was born six months ago, in a friend’s house.

“You have to start from the beginning,” she said, of her experience of arriving in the United States.

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