Asmaa Albukaie, 33, and her two sons were the first Syrian refugees in Idaho 18 months ago. She feels there’s a reason they were the first: They have a lot of educating to do. “People, when they know (that I am) from Syria, they are surprised,” says Asmaa. “I ask them why you are surprised? They told me they had an idea of Syrian lady and they were afraid.” Instead, Asmaa radiates. “If you love, there is no room for hate in my heart,” she says. “This I believe.”
Asmaa Albukaie, 33, and her two sons were the first Syrian refugees in Idaho 18 months ago. She feels there’s a reason they were the first: They have a lot of educating to do. “People, when they know (that I am) from Syria, they are surprised,” says Asmaa. “I ask them why you are surprised? They told me they had an idea of Syrian lady and they were afraid.” Instead, Asmaa radiates. “If you love, there is no room for hate in my heart,” she says. “This I believe.” Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Asmaa Albukaie, 33, and her two sons were the first Syrian refugees in Idaho 18 months ago. She feels there’s a reason they were the first: They have a lot of educating to do. “People, when they know (that I am) from Syria, they are surprised,” says Asmaa. “I ask them why you are surprised? They told me they had an idea of Syrian lady and they were afraid.” Instead, Asmaa radiates. “If you love, there is no room for hate in my heart,” she says. “This I believe.” Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com

Boise woman dedicated to dispelling myths on Muslims, refugees

July 02, 2016 03:54 PM

UPDATED July 04, 2016 12:05 AM

More Videos

  • A fluffball with wings: Watch this 42-hour-old California condor, born in Boise

    While the parents are away, biologist Marti Jenkins, propagation manager at The Peregrine Fund in Boise, sneaks a peek at a 4-day-old California condor chick, just for a second. Then she leaves the parents to raise it. "They've been doing this for more than 10,000 years, and they kind of know what they're doing," she says.