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Afghan Refugee Students Visit Los Alamos Feb. 2

on January 29, 2019 - 8:54am
 

Afghanistan refugees Hakima and Mah Begum try their hand at skating Sunday at the Los Alamos Ice Rink. Courtesy photo

 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Afghan Refugee Students Visit Los Alamos — The Staging Post, a film about refugee students whose education has been disrupted by war, will be shown 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Unitarian Church.
 
Sunday, Jan. 27, two teen-age refugee students from Afghanistan, recently arrived in Santa Fe, visited Los Alamos. Hakima and Mah Begum tried their hand at ice skating at Los Alamos Ice Rink. They are the first of 20 students whose education has been disrupted by war and violence that a new partnership between the Desert Academy (Santa Fe) and the United World College (Las Vegas), called the New Mexico Refugee Educational Bridge Program, is hoping to bring to Santa Fe to resume their high school studies over the next two years.
 
The community of Los Alamos is invited to a free showing of a movie, the Staging Post, 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Unitarian Church. The Staging Post is a documentary film by Khadim Dai, a Hazara refugee student and co-founder of the Cisaru Refugee Learning Center. He documents, using his iPhone camera, the experiences of a group of refugees assigned to a refugee camp in Indonesia, attempting to resume their secondary education in a very challenging environment while waiting and hoping for an opportunity to live and attend school elsewhere.
 
Following the showing of the film, there will be a chance to hear from Hakima and Mah Begum regarding their first-hand experiences, and then a time for open discussion. All Los Alamos citizens who would like to learn more about the plight of refugee students and learn about a concrete way to help are encouraged to attend.
 
More information on the New Mexico Education Bridge program is available at www.nmrefugeebridge.org.
 
Afghanistan refugees Hakima and Mah Begum skating Sunday at the Los Alamos Ice Rink. Courtesy photo
 
Afghanistan refugees Hakima and Mah Begum skating Sunday at the Los Alamos Ice Rink. Courtesy photo
 
Afghanistan refugees Hakima and Mah Begum. Courtesy photo

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