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 3:54 PM